Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that over 800 fatal car accidents occur each year from drivers running a red light. In addition, an estimated 200,000 persons are injured in accidents involving a driver running a red light. Between 1992 to 1998, almost 6,000 persons were killed in such car accidents. Over half of these persons were pedestrians or occupants in other vehicles hit by a driver running a red light.
Injury Crash in Coeur d’Alene from Driver Running a Red Light
An injury crash recently occurred in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho from a driver running a red light. Idaho State Police reported a vehicle ran a red light striking a car turning left. The vehicle that ran the light overturned and came to rest in the median. All occupants including four juveniles were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. The driver which was turning left was not injured according to officials. Traffic was blocked for about an hour as crews worked to clear the accident.
The Dangers of Running a Red Light and Causing a Car Accident
While many car accidents occur on interstates or the freeway, intersections are also a common accident scene of numerous car accidents by a red light or stop sign violations. Common injuries from red light violations include whiplash, spinal cord injuries, and other serious and life-altering injuries and even death. Some common reasons for car accidents occurring at a red light include the following.
- The driver was not paying attention or was distracted.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Speeding through a yellow or red light.
- The driver makes an illegal right or left turn at or around an intersection.
Hire a Car Accident Attorney Right Away
Red light violation accidents are often hard to fight. Many times, the lawyer of the negligent driver may claim that the person they are representing did not run a red light and that it was your fault for the accident. Our experienced and trusted personal injury lawyers will investigate the facts of the car accident and reveal the truth. We will seek the help of witnesses to testify, study the police report and any other evidence that will support your claim. Do not try to take on this stressful claim yourself. Let us help you deal with the insurance companies, medical bills, lost wages, and property damages resulting from a car accident. We’ll fight for every penny you are owed. Call our Spokane law office now for a free consultation at (509) 482-7274.
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