Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue in the San Fernando Valley and across the nation. Indeed, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that in the last period of time surveyed, there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulting in more than 7,000 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injury crashes. Over 700 deaths were caused by a driver running a red light. In other words? The auto accidents that result from a driver running a red light are serious. If you or a loved one have been injured in such an accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Sadly, one in 3 people claim they personally know someone injured or killed in a red-light running crash. This number is way too high and serves as a reminder of the importance of driving safely and following the rules of the road.
How is running a red light defined? Essentially, if an automobile enters an intersection any time after the signal light has turned red, the driver has committed a violation. Violations also include people turning right on red at intersections where doing so is prohibited.
Many individuals injured or killed by drivers running a red light are pedestrians. As we have discussed, pedestrian safety is an issue in the greater Los Angeles area. Many of these pedestrian-related auto accidents occur on or near the college campuses spread throughout Southern California.
What’s more, many of these red light accidents are hit and runs, meaning the driver leaves the scene of the accident without exchanging relevant information. As a pedestrian injured in a red light hit and run, know that your California uninsured motorist policy will cover you even when you are hit outside or away from your vehicle. Because the injuries from such accidents are often serious, the Uninsured and Underinsured motorist limits in your policy can be a vital component in leading to your full recovery. Talk to a knowledgeable uninsured motorist lawyer about your specific case.
If you were injured in a red light car accident by a distracted or negligent driver, you may be able to recover financially for your injuries. To discuss your potential financial recovery and your legal rights, contact San Fernando Valley auto accident lawyer Barry P. Goldberg today.