Causes of Pedestrian Accidents - Running a Red Light or Stop Sign
Red lights and stop signs are designed to help protect drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. They help to determine who has the right of way. And they are most important for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians who do not have the protection of a vehicle surrounding them.
Unfortunately, there are many instances when motorists disregard traffic rules and run red lights or stop signs. These instances often result in collisions with catastrophic consequences.
Why do motorists disobey red lights or stop signs?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2.3 million intersectional collisions were reported in 2008. Their Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Report revealed that there were more than 7,770 fatalities resulting from drivers running red lights in 2008 alone.
The top reasons why drivers fail to stop at red lights include:
- Aggressive driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Vehicle malfunctions
- Distracted driving
Injuries Resulting from Red Light or Stop Sign Accidents
Regardless of the reason, running a red light or stop sign is negligent behavior and extremely dangerous to other drivers as well as pedestrians, cyclists and other bystanders. Intersectional accidents due to failure to stop at a red light or stop sign often cause serious injuries. In most cases, pedestrians assume that the motorists will stop. This means that pedestrians have little or no time to react even after they realize that the motorist isn’t going to stop.
The serious injuries that often result from a driver who runs a red light or fails to stop at a stop sign include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Bruises, abrasions and burns
- Spinal cord injuries
Legal support after a red light or stop sign accident
Pedestrians who survive an intersectional accident where the driver failed to stop have to deal with the consequences of the accident for the rest of their lives. This could include ongoing medical treatment as well as the pain and financial consequences of their injuries. Victims of these collisions need legal help to ensure that they can secure the compensation they need and deserve for their injuries and potential life-long care.
If you or someone you know were injured as a pedestrian in an intersectional accident, you should retain an experienced personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Your attorney will ensure that investigations are carried out and evidence gathered to strengthen your case. He or she will also advise you on what to do and what to avoid in order to improve your chances of getting compensation.