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Traffic signals and lights serve an important purpose — to help direct the flow of traffic to avoid confusion and accidents. All drivers are expected to know the laws — including that they are always required to make a complete stop at a red light and wait until the light turns green before proceeding. If a red light is flashing, drivers are also required to make a complete stop before proceeding.
The law is clear: if you do not make a complete stop, you are guilty of running a red light and subject to a traffic ticket. But countless people still run red lights every day, either because they are not paying attention, or are driving too fast or in a reckless manner. Regardless of the reason, a driver who runs a red light and causes a motor vehicle accident, or, who hits a pedestrian can almost always be found at fault.
Any driver that runs a red light and causes accident resulting in injuries or vehicle damage should be held responsible for their actions.
Car malfunctions such as tire blow outs or faulty brakes, bad weather conditions, distracted drivers occupied with changing the radio station or texting on their phone and drunk drivers are some of the reasons why drivers run red lights. It does not matter to the victim of serious accidents why someone ran a red light — what does matter is making sure that responsible parties pay for all expenses related to the accident including car repairs, medical bills, lost income, and in some cases, even additional damages.
Fatal Accidents Involving Running Red Lights
Drivers who run red lights are, unfortunately, one of the risks even the safest of drivers may encounter. Red-light runners injure approximately 165,000 people every year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, half of the people killed in these light-running accidents are the ones that didn’t run the red light.
If another driver carelessly or intentionally ran a red light and caused a an injury or fatal accident then they will be found negligent. You have a legal right to pursue a personal injury claim for injuries and property damage against a negligent driver, and you may also be entitled to damages for pain and suffering / emotional distress.
We attempt to settle cases fairly when it is in your best interest. However, our lawyers are fully prepared to take your case to trial if it is necessary to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you are the victim of a car accident caused by a driver who ran a red light, our Boston area car accident lawyers can help.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call our Boston Car Accident Lawyers to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step towards getting fair compensation for your injuries or for the loss of a loved one. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.
Our knowledgeable and experienced Boston Personal Injury Attorneys assist auto / car accident victims throughout all of Southeast Massachusetts, including but not limited to Brockton, Taunton, Bridgewater, Weymouth, Hingham, Quincy, Plymouth, Marshfield, Attleboro, Braintree, Rockland, Hanover, Duxbury,Whitman, Middleborough, Raynham, Mansfield, Avon, Canton, Stoughton and all smaller cities and rural areas in Southern Massachusetts. We also serve the counties of Plymouth, Norfolk, Bristol, Massachusetts.