One of the first things we learn about driving is to respect the traffic lights. However, it seems like more and more drivers are choosing to ignore traffic rules and run red lights. According to the Department of Transportation, you are more likely to suffer an injury due to a red-light running-related crash than any other type of crash. You may encounter red-light runners at any given time, so it’s important to know what steps you can take to prevent a red light accident that could injure you and those you love the most.
A risk for you and your loved ones
More than two people are killed every day on U.S roads by impatient drivers who run red lights. Red light accidents are dangerous and common, and even when they’re not fatal they often result in serious injuries. Both drivers and the passengers face a great risk in these accidents because, usually, the red light runner strikes the other car’s side.
Preventing an accident
There are different reasons why a driver may run a red light. Still, none of them are in your control, and there is nothing you can do to prevent another person from being irresponsible. However, you can take some measures to protect yourself from these accidents.
Some of the safety precautions you can take as a driver are:
- Being cautious when entering an intersection and always putting your foot above the brake pedal in case something happens
- Monitoring the green lights and do not enter the intersection if the light just turned yellow
- Waiting a couple of seconds when the light turns green in case another car decides to cross at the last minute
You may avoid a red-light crash by taking these measures, but accidents can still always happen. However, if a driver runs a red light and hits you, you can hold them liable in court and make them pay for their irresponsibility.
Your rightful compensation
Red-light runners are almost always at fault for a car crash. The courts in Connecticut consider violating traffic laws as a negligent act, which is why you could sue a red light-runner if you ever get into an accident with one. You can receive compensation for your medical expenses, car repairs, and lost wages by filing a lawsuit. You don’t deserve to pay for a red-light runner’s mistakes, and you have the right to fight for compensation in court if this ever happens to you.