Posted by Jim Yeargan in Jim's Blog on April 30, 2018
There are a number of unsafe driving behaviors that are practiced by motor vehicle drivers in the state of Georgia. These driving behaviors include speeding, talking or texting on cell phones, and running red lights. Running red lights creates a significant risk of motor vehicle drivers causing a motor vehicle collision, and in fact, it is the cause of a large number of accidents each year in the state of Georgia. The experienced legal counsel at Yeargan , Barber & Kert knows how to help individuals navigate the various issues surrounding red lights.
What Constitutes a Red Light Violation?
A traffic violation occurs when a motor vehicle driver enters an intersection after a traffic light has turned red. There are some situations that do not constitute running a red light, including if a motorist is in the middle of an intersection waiting to turn when the light turns red or when a motorist turns right at a red light after making sure that it is safe to turn. Red light violations cause a significant number of accidents each year that result in approximately 100 fatalities and over 100,000 injuries. In response to this significant danger, the government has a devoted significant resources to educate the public about the dangers of running red lights. A 2013 study found that 93% of those in the study found that running a red light was acceptable if it was not safe to stop.
Ways in Which Red Light Accidents Occur
There are a large number of causes of red light violations, but some of the most common include:
- Negligent drivers,
- Drivers who speed through the intersection and can not stop in time,
- Drivers who are distracted,
- Drivers who are intoxicated by either drugs or alcohol, and
- Drivers who make right hand turns without properly stopping.
The most common types of accidents that occur due to a red light violation include a t-bone collisions, broad sides, or rear end accidents with another motor vehicle, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian. These red light violations occur even though there are a number of reasons why motor vehicle drivers should always obey red lights. These reasons include that it is against the law to run a red light, that running a red light creates particularly dangerous situations, and that red light violations can create a significant amount of property damage.
Obtain the Services of a Knowledgeable Traffic Attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a red light violation, retaining the services of an experienced attorney like the legal counsel at Yeargan , Barber & Kert is a good idea. Our firm is capable of advising individuals on the best available legal strategy as well as zealously advocating on behalf of individuals to make sure that their cases resolve in a positive manner. Contact our firm today in order to schedule an initial consultation.