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The Dangers of Running Red Lights

Posted in Blog on July 20, 2016

One of the less fortunate realities of Denver is that we have one of the highest rates of fatalities that are attributed to someone running a red light.

Why Do Drivers Run Red Lights?

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Drivers run red lights for all kinds of reasons. Some of the most commonly cited reasons that drivers run red lights:

  • Driver inattentiveness;
  • Driver was distracted when approaching the light, and doesn’t see the light change;
  • Driver tries to “beat” the light; and/or
  • Driver tries to get somewhere faster and unsafely goes through the light as it is changing.

Some drivers are more likely than others to try and run a red light. Typically young and inexperienced drivers tend to be bigger risk takers, and men more frequently run red lights than women do. People who are reckless drivers, negligent behind the wheel, risk takers, or who drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol have a higher likelihood of running a red light than careful, attentive drivers.

Common Types of Accidents that Result from Running Red Lights

Accidents that happen because someone ran a red light can take many forms. Some of the most common types of accidents that occur are:

  • T-bone accidents, where one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle; and
  • Accidents where pedestrians are hit by the driver that ran the red light.

Red light accidents can cause all kinds of of serious injuries. Some common injuries associated with accidents where a driver ran a red light include:

  • Abrasions, cuts, lacerations and scrapes from metal, broken plastic and broken glass;
  • Impact injuries, such as bruising, bone fractures, broken bones, etc.;
  • Whiplash and other neck injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries, and back injuries;
  • Injuries to the soft tissues, such as ligaments and tendons;
  • Pulled muscles, sprained joints, torn cartilage;
  • Head injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries or concussions; and
  • Amputations.

How Is Fault Proven In A Car Accident Case?

Fault for a red light accident will be determined by whatever evidence and witness statements are made available. This can include witness statements about the accident, statements from the parties involved in the accident, photos or camera footage from street or red light cameras, or security footage from nearby businesses or buildings. The police report and statements from emergency responders can also be used as evidence. A skilled Denver car accident lawyer will be able to conduct a thorough investigation into your car accident and will be able to collect any and all relevant evidence to build your case.

Do You Have Questions About Red Light Liability in Denver?

It is unfortunate to be the victim in an accident where someone ran a red light. If you have been injured in a red-light accident, you should contact the car accident lawyers at Zaner Harden Law. An experienced Denver car accident lawyer can help you with your case.

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