Traffic signals exist so that motorists in high-traffic areas have a shared understanding of who has the right-of-way, but unfortunately, many drivers across Georgia and the rest of the United States fail to exercise care when navigating through these signaled intersections. At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, we understand that red-light runners are responsible for tens of thousands of injuries each year, and we have assisted many people who suffered injuries in traffic signal car wrecks seek appropriate recourse in the aftermath.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 132,000 people in the United States suffered injuries because motorists ran red lights in 2017 alone, shining a spotlight on a pervasive problem that statistics indicate is only getting worse. Research shows that, while the vast majority of Americans agree that running red lights is a highly dangerous behavior, about 43% of those surveyed also reveal that they have run a red light within the last 30-day time span.
In many instances, the drivers and circumstances involved in crashes caused by red-light runners have similar characteristics in common. For example, statistically speaking, red-light runners are more likely to be young and male. They are also more likely than the general population to have prior driving or drunk driving offenses on their records, and they are also statistically less likely to hold valid driver’s licenses.
Some communities are working to lower the number of crashes caused by red-light runners by installing photo cameras and similar equipment. You can find out more about injuries resulting from car crashes on our webpage.