Red Light Running As A Cause Of Crashes
Red light running remains a foremost traffic safety problem. There continues to be many serious crashes that happen because a driver has run through a red light. Due to the nature of crashes caused by red light running – including the speeds and forces involved – such crashes often lead to serious injuries and in some cases fatalities.
Highlighting the danger of red light running is the number of deaths attributed to red light running. The number recently reached a 10-year high. This accident cause and the increasing number of fatalities was recently discussed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. An excerpt from their August 29, 2019 press release titled “Red Light Running Deaths Hit 10 Year High”:
According to the AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index, 85% of drivers view red light running as very dangerous, yet nearly one in three say they blew through a red light within the past 30 days when they could have stopped safely. More than 2 in 5 drivers also say it is unlikely they’ll be stopped by police for running a red light. Nevertheless, it’s against the law and if a driver is involved in a deadly crash, it could send them to jail.
Chicago Area Accidents Involving Red Light Running
There have been many Chicago area accidents involving red light running. One that occurred in Kane County occurred in St. Charles in 2017. In this accident, a SUV allegedly disregarded the traffic signal and struck another vehicle. Another vehicle was also hit during the collision. At least one driver had to be hospitalized because of the collision.
Another Kane County collision of this type occurred in June 2018 in Aurora. In this crash a driver was charged with driving under the influence. The driver was also charged with disobeying a traffic control device. The accident involved a collision between a minivan, which allegedly disobeyed the red light, and a semi truck. In this accident the driver of the minivan passed away from his accident injuries.
A 2017 fatal crash in Batavia purportedly involved a driver who went through a red light. In that crash, which happened at Randall Road and McKee Street, a Jeep collided with a car. The driver of the car was fatally injured. The driver of the Jeep suffered what were considered to be minor injuries.
A 2016 McHenry County accident involved a collision between a truck and SUV. In this crash, which is is summarized in the “SUV And Semi Truck Collide In Crystal Lake” post, the truck driver told police he attempted to stop at the light, but could not do so. The driver of the SUV was injured, and these injuries reportedly included a traumatic brain injury.
These Intersection Crashes Are Usually Serious Accidents
There are many reasons why collisions that occur after a vehicle runs through a red light leads to a serious crash. In an effort to “make the green light” many vehicles often travel at excessive speeds. If the light changes from green to yellow or red, the vehicle often is traveling too fast for the driver to stop at the stop line even if the driver wants to. As such, any ensuing collision between the speeding vehicle and another vehicle will be a high-speed collision.
As well, if a vehicle ran a red light and a collision occurs, it is likely that the ensuing collision will be a “t-bone crash.” If a car gets “t-boned,” it means that front of one vehicle hits the side of another. These crashes subject the vehicle occupants to many unnatural forces, and as such various serious injuries can occur. These wrecks can involve high degrees of force, causing injuries including “whiplash;” concussions and other head injuries; thoracic trauma; soft-tissue damage, and internal injuries.
What To Do If Injured During An Accident
If you are hurt during a crash, there are several steps you should take to safeguard your well-being. These steps include those to protect your health. As well, if the accident was caused by another person you may be able to get money for your injuries.
For many reasons, it is prudent to get a thorough medical exam after being hurt in a crash. This exam is typically done in the hospital emergency room (ER). This exam can identify all injuries, both those that are evident as well as those that may be unapparent. There are various injuries that may be unapparent, but can be serious in nature. Among these types of adverse medical issues are serious traumatic brain issues and internal bleeding.
Getting Money For Your Injuries
If you have been hurt due to the negligence of another person, you may be able to get money for your accident injuries. This is typically done through filing a personal injury lawsuit. Getting sufficient compensation for your injuries is very important. This importance is due to the cost of medical treatment, other financial issues, and various other reasons related to the accident and injuries.
For those that have died in an accident, relevant parties may file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the person that died.
The Elman Joseph Law Group of Chicago has been handling personal injury lawsuits for over 25 years. The firm also handles wrongful death lawsuits.
During this 25+ year period, the firm has won many notable settlements and court awards. As well, the lawyers have received awards for their experience and performance. The “Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit Results And Litigation Capabilities” page discusses these lawsuit results and awards.
Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, offers a free initial legal consultation for those who have been injured. He can be reached at (773) 392-8182 or at [email protected]