What makes certain intersections in New Haven County, Connecticut so dangerous? The answer may surprise you: Quite often, it’s drivers who simply ignore traffic signals and run willy-nilly straight through red lights.
In mid-2019, area leaders started to take a hard look at some of the area’s more dangerous intersections. One Alderman focused her attention on the intersection of South Frontage Road and York Street simply because she frequently passes through that area herself. In just three hours, she reported that she counted 156 incidents of “red-light running.”
A widely reported AA study released in 2019 indicates that red-light running has become somewhat epidemic throughout the nation. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of fatal accidents involving red-light running rose 28%, reaching a 10-year high. This issue is particularly vexing and frustrating for the authorities to handle because all red-light running accidents are inherently preventable.
There’s no clear answer as to why drivers are choosing to ignore red lights. Maybe they’re in a hurry and think that they can beat the light before it turns. Maybe many of them are simply distracted by their cellphones, the other vehicles moving around them or their passengers.
Do your part to prevent such accidents by always paying attention to traffic signals and slowing down the moment that a traffic light turns yellow. When you’re at an intersection where the light has just changed, don’t assume that other drivers will stop on red automatically. Look both ways before you proceed.
If you’re involved in an accident with someone who ignored a traffic light despite your best efforts, you have every right to ask for compensation for your lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Find out more about your legal options.