When a driver rushes to try to beat a traffic light at an intersection, it puts others at risk, whether it be passengers in the driver’s vehicle, pedestrians, or drivers and passengers in other cars.
When a driver acts with such negligence and tries to beat a red light, it can lead to a massive side-impact collision with another vehicle entering the intersection and place the drivers and passengers in both cars in jeopardy of serious injuries that require emergency medical care.
If you suffered injuries in a car accident where another driver behaved carelessly and tried to beat a red light, having an Alpharetta red light accident lawyer by your side can help. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888 for a free review of your case.
Dangers of Intersection Crashes
Automobile accidents that occur in intersections are especially hazardous because both vehicles are usually traveling at a regular or higher speed. In doing so, drivers may not apply the brakes until it is far too late to slow down or stop for a traffic light changing from yellow to red.
In 2018, 334 of Georgia’s 1,504 fatalities in car crashes occurred at an intersection or at the approach of an intersection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In Fulton County, there were 29 fatalities in intersections in 2018.
Types of Accidents in Red Light Intersections
There are a few different types of accidents related to red lights that may occur in an intersection with a traffic safety signal, including:
- Side-impact: A driver runs through a red light as another driver going in the perpendicular direction simultaneously drives through a green light legally, resulting in a high-speed side-impact accident, also called a T-bone accident.
- Head-on: A driver illegally turns left while running through a red light, and hits a vehicle with the right of way, resulting in a head-on collision.
- Rear-end: A driver stops at an intersection to avoid running a red light, but the driver following behind tries to beat the red light and does not notice the first driver stopping, resulting in a rear-end crash.
If you were involved in this type of accident while driving, and if the other driver was at fault, an Alpharetta red light accident lawyer can help. If police officers investigating the crash give the other driver a traffic ticket for running a red light, this can be used as evidence to show that the other driver caused the crash through negligence.
Even if there were no traffic tickets issued because of the crash, you and your attorney can use the facts in the case to show that you are not at fault and that you deserve a fair settlement offer for your medical bills, pain, and suffering. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888 for a free review of your case today.
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Common Red Light Violations
The Georgia Driver’s Manual explains the meaning of various traffic control devices, including red lights in a standard traffic signal, showing drivers what they should and should not do when they encounter a red light at an intersection or elsewhere on the state’s roads.
Below are some of the most common traffic violations involving a red light on roads in Fulton County.
Failing to Stop
When encountering a red light at an intersection, drivers must come to a complete stop and wait for the light to turn green before driving through the intersection.
However, some drivers choose to ignore red lights and enter the intersection illegally, significantly increasing the risk of a dangerous accident. Some of the reasons a driver may ignore a red light and fail to stop at the intersection include:
- Drunken driving
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Road rage
- Driving too fast to stop safely
These occurrences should result in a traffic ticket for the driver who ran the red light, as they indicate negligence on the driver’s part.
Entering an Intersection Late
When a traffic light turns from green to yellow, drivers are supposed to slow down and prepare to stop because the light is about to turn red. However, some drivers use the yellow light as a stimulus to speed up and attempt to enter the intersection as they do not want to wait at a red light.
If the driver fails to clear the intersection in time, drivers who have a green light on the perpendicular road could collide with the driver trying to beat the red light.
Turning Right or Left Illegally
If a driver is at a red light at an intersection, they cannot turn left or right against the light unless there is signage that permits this maneuver, or there could be a crash.
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We Will Work Tirelessly to Help You Receive the Compensation You Deserve
If you were injured or suffered damages from a car accident caused by another driver running a red light negligently, it could take you weeks or months to recover. You may be left with expensive costs from medical bills and physical therapy. You may be facing a lifetime of disability or impaired quality of life after the crash, leaving you unable to work in the same capacity or enjoy the same activities you did before the accident. You may even have recurring nightmares about the crash.
With the help of an Alpharetta red light accident lawyer, you could receive compensation for all of these concerns. The team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is ready to present your side of the case to the negligent driver’s insurance company. We will fight for your right to receive the fairest possible settlement. Call us for a free consultation today at (404) 888-8888.