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The Role of Red-Light Violations in Intersection Accidents

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Driving rules and laws are designed to protect all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. That’s why it’s crucial to respect traffic signals and stoplights to avoid one of the most common and dangerous causes of intersection accidents. In this article, we’ll explore how running a red light contributes to accidents and what measures can be taken to reduce these incidents.

Intersections are undoubtedly a critical point when driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 40% of traffic accidents occur at intersections, with one of the leading causes being red-light violations by motorists and pedestrians.

It’s important to highlight that when a driver fails to stop at a red light, it becomes a high-risk situation, as it can result in collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians, leading to severe accidents that often result in serious injuries or even death.

What are the factors contributing to these incidents?

Distractions: Using the radio, mobile phone, or conversations with other passengers can divert the driver’s attention.

Speeding: This reduces the driver’s reaction time and the vehicle’s response time.

Impatience: Some drivers choose not to stop because they don’t see other cars or believe it wastes time.

Unfamiliarity with the route: If the stoplight is visible and the driver sees it in time, they may be able to brake.

Undoubtedly, the consequences of these collisions can be severe and have devastating results. In these types of accidents, we often find side collisions, meaning one vehicle impacts the side of another car crossing the intersection.

These accidents have implications in various areas:

  • Health: These collisions often result in injuries such as fractures, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries, and even death.
  • Economic: They entail significant damage to vehicles and road infrastructure.
  • Legal: Red-light violations result in fines and civil liabilities.

In summary, drivers are responsible and obligated to reduce the chances of accidents and avoid the severe consequences they entail.

Please get in touch with us if you’ve been injured in a traffic accident and need legal assistance.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.