Thousands of traffic accidents occur on Oklahoma’s highways and roads each year. One of the most common types of accidents to occur is red light accidents. Red light accidents are not only a problem in Oklahoma, but they are also a huge issue across the nation. The Federal Highway Administration reports that ever year 2 million motor vehicle crashes are caused by drivers that run red lights.
Annually, intersection collisions including red light crashes account for approximately 8,000 traffic fatalities and another 700,000 injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), half of all injuries in red light accidents are innocent drivers. While defensive driving can prevent some red light crashes, sometimes these wrecks are unavoidable.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Oklahoma red light accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Injury victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.
For additional information about filing a legal claim for a red light accident, call us today at 1-800-304-9246.
Causes of Red light Accidents
The NHTSA conducted a poll and found that 97 percent of all drivers believe that red light runners are a threat to their safety. Research has shown that one-third of all motorists have known someone that has been injured or killed in a red light accident.
There a number of factors that cause motorists to run red lights. Listed below are some of the most common causes of red light crashes:
- Drivers that are using their cell phones while driving
- Impatient drivers
- Drivers that increase their speed at an intersection to make the light
- Motorists that are distracted and fail to notice the traffic light change
- Drivers that are tailgating and don’t see the signal change
Studies have shown that red light runners have some common characteristics:
- Young motorists
- Drivers that have less education
- Motorists that have received tickets in the past for running a red light
- Drivers in a hurry to get to work or school on time
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a red light crash due to the negligence of another, you may have grounds for legal action.
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Filing a Red Light Accident Lawsuit
In 2011, more than 36,000 people were injured in Oklahoma auto accidents, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Many of these injuries were caused by red light accidents. If you or a family member has been injured in a red light collision, contact The Edwards Law Firm today.
At The Edwards Law Firm, we offer free legal consultations to accident victims. During your consultation, an attorney will review the circumstances of your crash and recommend the best legal remedy to pursue.
Our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and resources to handle all types of auto accident cases in Oklahoma. We are available to help residents in McAlester, Tulsa and the surrounding communities with their legal claims.
To schedule a legal consultation with The Edwards Law Firm, call us today at 1-800-304-9246.