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Car Accidents That Occur at Red Lights in Florida

Most commonly used at intersections, red lights are designed so that they make our roads safe by causing vehicles to stop. Many drivers understand the ins and outs of what you should do and what you should never do at a red light, but this does not mean that accidents will not occur. Some of these accidents lead to serious injuries and victims are left wondering what options they have moving forward.

One of the leading causes of red light accidents is when a driver is in a hurry to get somewhere and disregards the safety of others who share our roads. As such, they might pull through an intersection and cause a serious accident that is not easy to recover from. These are reckless acts that can be prevented. However, statistics show that in just 2017 alone, over 939 fatalities occurred due to drivers running red lights and tens of thousands of people were sent to the hospital with serious or permanent injuries. It is important to know that you have rights after one of these accidents.

Top Causes of Red Light Accidents 

So, how do these accidents commonly occur? By understanding the various methods, it makes it easier for us to prevent these accidents on Florida roads. Here are some of the most common causes:

  • A driver notices that the light is yellow and speeds up in an attempt to make the light. However, it turns red and another vehicle collides with them.
  • A driver tries to speed up to make the light but then realizes they can’t so they slam on the brakes. The other vehicle entering the intersection might run into them.
  • A vehicle driver is distracted and does not notice the red light.
  • A vehicle makes an illegal left turn at an intersection when the traffic signal is red.
  • Poor traffic conditions cause the driver to not be able to see correctly and they believe the light is green when it is not.

In many of these cases, you can see that the party who ran the red light is clearly at fault. It all boils down to holding a party responsible when this occurs.

Proving a Party is at Fault After a Red Light Accident

A police officer will make a determination of fault on a Florida car accident report based on what is said at the scene of the accident by both parties and witnesses to the accident. They will look for any apparent signs of speeding and other reckless factors that can help them make their determination. In other cases, an officer might be able to find surveillance video that shows the accident taking place. There are many ways that you can prove that the other party is at fault so that you can move forward toward compensation for your injuries.

Seeking the Compensation You Deserve After an Accident

There are many types of damages you might find that you are eligible for after you have been injured in a car accident that is not your fault. Some of these means of reimbursement include lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. If you have been injured, you deserve to speak with a skilled legal advocate who can help you every step of the way. Our Florida car accident attorneys at Sheftall & Associates are skilled and ready to help you handle your claim after an accident that is not your fault. Please contact our accident attorneys at 904-647-2296 to find out what options are available for you.