In 2017, drivers running red lights killed nearly 1,000 pedestrians and bicyclists – and caused thousands of other injuries. This is the highest the number has been in the last 10 years, so the American Automobile Association (AAA) is urging drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike to use caution and pay attention at traffic signals.
According to the AAA, drivers who run red lights kill more than two people each day. These deaths are 100% preventable, but reckless and irresponsible behind-the-wheel behaviors allow them to continue happening. Since 2012, the number of people killed in red light accidents has gone up nearly 30%, indicating a serious nationwide problem.
The AAA oundation found that:
Despite 85% of drivers polled saying they think running a red light is “dangerous”, nearly one-third admit to running one within the last 30 days. More than one-third says the chances of getting stopped by police for running red lights is slim-to-none.
Enforcement is one of the most effective ways to prevent deadly red light accidents from happening, but it is simply impossible to monitor each and every intersection. Together drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists can take precautions to help guard against these incidents as well.
Here are just a few of the AAA’s safety and prevention tips:
Increasing enforcement efforts, like installing red light cameras, make it more likely to catch drivers who run red lights, putting their own – and others’ – lives at risk.
When someone is injured because a driver runs a red light, medical bills – and days away from work – can pile up quickly. After an accident, it is a good idea to talk to a lawyer and consider filing a legal claim to cover damages. If you would like to speak with an experienced attorney, someone at our firm can help. Please contact a representative directly.
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