Red Light Running Accidents Involving Injuries And Fatalities

Red Light Running

Red light running continues to be a substantial threat to traffic safety. When one vehicle disregards a traffic signal, it can place all vehicles at or near the intersection in serious jeopardy.

There have been many accidents in Will County and the greater Chicago area involving red-light running. One such Will County accident in which a car allegedly ran a red light and hit a truck is summarized in the “Car Collides With Truck In New Lenox Township” post. The collision occurred near Spencer and Gougar Roads. That accident led to one driver suffering life-threatening injuries, and one driver suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

Another Chicago-area crash, a double-fatal accident in April 2020, occurred in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood. In that crash, summarized in the “Park Manor Car Crash” post, the accident happened after a driver also allegedly was involved in red-light running.

Increasing Frequency Of Traffic Accident Fatalities

One aspect of red light running accidents is that it is causing fatalities on a more frequent basis. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, red light running has hit a 10-year high. As discussed in the August 29, 2019 press release titled “Red Light Running Deaths Hit 10 Year High,” these driving violations are leading to an increasing number of traffic accident deaths.

Many people view driving through a red light as a reckless or careless act, especially in those instances where it puts other drivers at risk. As seen in the AAA press release, many drivers view driving through a red light as very dangerous, but admit they have done it recently. An excerpt from the press release:

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.

These types of accidents often cause injuries that are (very) serious in nature. There are many reasons that such collisions cause serious injuries. Perhaps the foremost reason is that such collisions usually occur at higher speeds. Often, the offending driver will “speed up” while driving through the intersection.

As well, the resulting accidents are usually those that tend to be physically traumatic. They are often frontal collisions, and can also be “t-bone” collisions in which one vehicle is forcefully struck in the side by another vehicle.

One example of a red light running accident that allegedly caused severe injury is discussed in March 18, 2020 thechattanoogan.com article titled “$3 Million Circuit Court Suit Says Woman Was Extensively Injured When Man Ran Red Light…” An excerpt regarding the injuries that occurred to a driver after her vehicle was hit by a pickup truck that allegedly ran a red light and collided with her vehicle:

The suit says she suffered with a skull fracture, multiple neck strains, multiple broken ribs and a fractured pelvis in at least five places. She was in an intensive care unit at Erlanger Hospital for more than 10 days, and remained in the hospital afterward.

It says she continues to suffer extensive and excruciating pain.

What To Do If Injured By A Negligent Driver

If one is injured during a vehicle accident, there are various recommended steps that should be immediately taken. These steps are listed in the “10 Steps To Take After An Accident” page.

Two areas of paramount concern are those concerning the health of the injured person as well as legal issues.

Those who have been injured during a crash should have a thorough medical examination. This medical examination is often conducted in the emergency room (ER). These medical exams, depending upon the accident and the injuries, can involve various types of tests, including blood tests, CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and other diagnostic tests.

This examination is intended to check for all injuries, both those that are apparent as well as those that may not be evident. There are many injuries, some (very) serious in nature, that may not be evident after an accident occurs. Once all injuries have been identified by the medical exam, a proper course of medical treatment can be determined and administered.

Legal issues will also need to be properly addressed. If the accident was caused by another person, the injured person may be able to get accident compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. While there can be many reasons for filing a lawsuit, medical bills and other financial issues will likely create a need to get injury compensation. This compensation can include money for past, present, and future medical bills; pain & suffering; lost wages; and other compensation types.

Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, offers a free legal consultation for those that have been injured in an accident that was not their fault. He can be reached at 773-392-8182.

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