Running a red light can happen for many reasons. Driver distraction is a major cause of running a red light, as is reduced vision caused either by a medical condition or by conditions on the road, like the glare of the sun. Regardless of the source, however, the act can cause serious injury or death.
About 260,000 intersection accidents in the U.S. each year are caused when one driver runs a red light. About 750 of these accidents result in death, while thousands more cause serious injury and property damage. Since about 40 percent of all U.S. car accidents occur at intersections, red light running – and its related event, running a stop sign – is a serious concern for all those who use the roads.
Distraction is a major source of red-light-running, according to several studies. Texting while driving and talking on a cell phone – even if it’s hands-free – are both major factors in intersection accidents where a driver runs a red light. Inability to see the red light is another major factor, especially for older drivers: in one study, 15 percent of elderly drivers who ran a red light and caused an accident claimed they couldn’t see the light or insisted they saw a green light.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an intersection crash, an experienced intersection accident attorney in Waldorf at Alpert Schreyer can help. For a free case evaluation, call us today at (844) 632-7274 for a free case evaluation.