Red Light-Running Accidents At 10-Year High
Red Light Crash Statistics
In New Mexico, as well as across the United States, deaths caused by red-light runners have reached a 10-year-peak. This has been confirmed in a report conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. According to this data, in nearly 65% of cases, the victim killed in the accident was not responsible for the collision.
In the United States, a reported 939 people lost their lives in fatal red-light running car crashes in 2017. This is the highest fatality rate in the past 10 years, marking a 28% increase from 2012. The data gathered by the AAA shows that people believe that red-light running is caused by reckless driving behavior. Despite this reality, statistics show that people continue to run red lights at an alarming rate.
What Causes Red Light Collisions?
Many experts hold the belief that this increase in distracted driving is the direct result of increased cell phone usage. It is advised that drivers make efforts to stop driving while distracted in order to reduce the high number of red-light running deaths experienced in the U.S. Even taking your eyes off the road for five seconds is enough time to cause a severe collision. Drivers should stay focused on their surroundings and others on the roadway. Motorists need to be ready to stop at a moment’s notice and to gradually slow down while approaching intersections with a yellow light. By law, a yellow light means you need to begin to slow down in preparation for stopping at the red light.
Drivers who run a red light, resulting in a vehicle collision, possibly acted negligently. In these cases, legal action can be taken against the at-fault driver. A motorist who is on their cell phone when they ran a red light could be held financially liable for damages by a civil suit. In a legal case, an attorney could use cell phone records as evidence that the driver was distracted at the time of the collision. The driver could be made to provide compensatory damages to the victim of the accident.
Red Light Collisions in New Mexico
Intersections, in particular, can be dangerous places. Nearly 50% of all serious car crashes take place within an intersection. Around 165,000 of these crashes are believed to be caused by drivers who ran a red light or was speeding through a yellow light. Each year, more than 800 people are killed in auto accidents involving red-light runners.
When a driver runs a red light, they could be at risk of colliding with another vehicle, possibly causing a side-impact collision. These accidents can be very dangerous to occupants, often resulting in severe injuries. Nearly 2 million people in the U.S. suffer permanent injuries after a car crash each year.
The expert New Mexico intersection crash attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates understand the law. We have established a proven track record over the years through our dedication to helping those injured in a car crash. Call us today at 505-226-8617 if you or a loved one has been harmed by a reckless driver.