Red Light Collisions

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Doner on Mar 04, 2013 in Auto Accidents


A statistic provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrates that individual that run red lights are responsible for 165,000 fatalities each year.

Every year, thousands of people are injured in Florida motor vehicle accidents. Red light collisions are one of the most common types of accidents. Red light collisions are a problem that is not only plaguing Florida, but also the rest of the United States. According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 2 million auto accidents are caused by motorists that run red lights.

Approximately 8,000 traffic fatalities and another 700,000 injuries are caused by collisions that occur at intersections. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 50 percent of all injured individuals in red light accidents are innocent drivers.  Driver safety tips can help you prevent some red light collisions; however, sometimes these accidents are unavoidable.

If you or a family member has been injured in a red light collision, you may be able to seek legal action against the negligent party. In many cases, an injured victim may be eligible to receive compensation for all losses and damages which occurred as a result of a negligent individual.

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Causes of Red Light Crashes

The NHTSA conducted a poll and found that 97 percent of all drivers believe that red light runners pose a threat to their safety. Studies have shown that 33 percent of all drivers have known someone that has been injured or killed in a red light collision.

Motorists disregard traffic signals for a number of reasons. Listed below are some common causes of red light collisions:

  • Impatient motorists
  • Drivers that are distracted by cell phones or electronic devices
  • Drivers that fail to notice that the light has changed
  • Motorists that tailgate and don’t see the light change.
  • Drivers that speed up at an intersection to make the light

Research has shown that red light runners share some common characteristics:

  • Motorists that have less education
  • Drivers that are young
  • Drivers that have received previous traffic citations for running a red light
  • Motorists that are in a rush to get to work or school

Sadly, Florida red light collisions resulted in 714 traffic fatalities in 2011, according to the NHTSA.

If your loved one was killed in a red light collision due to the negligence of another, you may be eligible legal and financial recourse.

Injuries Caused by Red Light Crashes

As the above statistics show, there are many injuries and deaths caused by individuals negligently speeding through red lights. Many of these injuries can be very severe as the impact may be on the side of the vehicle in close proximity to the driver or passengers.

Some common red light injuries include:

  • Concussion injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Seatbelt injuries
  • Broken glass injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Wrist injuries
  • Passenger injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Skull fractures

In any case, if you have been involved in a red light accident, it is recommended to have an examination by a medical professional as soon as possible. These medical documents will also be of use when developing a case against the negligent individual that ran the red light.

Contact Our West Palm Beach auto accident attorneys

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 6,000 vehicle crashes were caused by motorists that disregarded traffic signals. If you or a loved one was injured in a red light crash at no fault of your own, you may be eligible to file a claim against the negligent party. Contact Gordon & Doner today to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.

At Gordon & Doner, our experienced legal team has the experience and resources to handle red light accident cases. We are available to provide to legal services to residents in Pembroke Pines, Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart and the surrounding communities.

Over the years, our law firm has effectively handled numerous personal injury cases throughout South Florida.

A few additional locations we serve include:

  • Lake Worth
  • Palm Springs
  • Jupiter
  • Royal Palm Beach
  • Wellington
  • North Palm Beach
  • Riviera Beach
  • West Palm Beach

For gather more information about our West Palm Beach auto accident attorneys, or to schedule a free case review, we invite you to contact our personal injury law firm at 1 (855) 722-2552 today.  In addition, our attorneys all work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will not charge you for any of our services unless we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement.

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