Red Light Running Kills Two People Each Day, and the Numbers are Going Up


An average of two people are killed each day in red-light running crashes across the U.S., and the epidemic shows no signs of slowing down.

According to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, collisions caused by red light running has reached a ten-year high, with 939 people killed in these types of collisions on U.S. roads in 2017.

The study also revealed that:

  • The 939 deaths signaled a 28 percent increase since 2012
  • Drivers running red lights caused 28% of crash deaths that occurred at signalized intersections
  • Almost fifty percent of those killed in red light running crashes were other drivers or passengers in other vehicles
  • Five percent of those killed were pedestrians or cyclists

In the study, 85% of respondents stated that they believed that running a red light was incredibly dangerous, but one third of them admitted to running a red light within the past month.

Common Causes of Red Right Running

If most people agree that red light running is dangerous, then why does it happen so often? Some of the most common reasons that drivers run red lights include:

  • Rushing to get to one’s destination
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Drowsy driving
  • Belief that they won’t be apprehended by law enforcement
  • Speeding/Inability to stop in time
  • Failure to observe a signaled intersection

While drivers could be issued a traffic citation for running a red light, or worse, they could cause a severe or fatal injury accident, far too many take the risk and choose to ignore the signal to stop. When this happens, those who’ve been hurt in a crash have a right to seek legal action against the negligent driver.

Do Red Light Cameras Work?

Evidence shows that red light cameras have been quite effective in New York. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, red light cameras have reduced the incidents of crashes by 15% and speeding incidents by more than 60% since they were first implemented in the city in the 1990s.

While red light cameras seem to be effective at deterring drivers from this dangerous behavior, they are far from being 100% effective. As long as drivers continue to drive while distracted, intoxicated or drowsy, or intentionally ignore the signal, catastrophic and fatal injury accidents could still occur.

Contact a New York Car Accident Lawyer

Did a driver run a red light and hurt you? The New York car accident lawyers of Finz & Finz, P.C., will be ready to help you hold the negligent driver accountable. For more than three decades, we’ve helped injured individuals in New York and Long Island get the justice and compensation they deserve, and we’ll be ready to fight for you. Call us at 1-855-TOP-FIRM, chat with us live, or fill out a contact form to schedule a FREE consultation with us today.

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