At one time or another, virtually all drivers have gone through a traffic light that was a bit too yellow. Too many drivers are taking inadvertent red-light running to the next level, though. Indeed, according to reporting from NPR, about 33% of drivers say they have gone through at least one red traffic light during the past month.
Without question, red-light runners are a hazard to themselves, other drivers, pedestrians and the public at large. Indeed, red-light collisions are responsible for roughly 1,000 traffic fatalities in the U.S. every single year. Unfortunately, red-light running seems to correlate with other types of bad driving.
Tailgating, where a car follows another vehicle too closely, is a common type of aggressive driving. It can also happen at red lights. That is, a driver may maintain an unsafe following distance in an attempt to get through a yellow light before it turns red.
By now, everyone should know how important it is for drivers to put away their smartphones and focus on driving. Yet, distracted driving remains a common and dangerous problem in all parts of the country. When drivers are focusing on something other than the driving task, they may not realize they are driving through a red light.
Because they often involve high speeds and affect vulnerable parts of vehicles, red-light collisions often lead to catastrophic consequences. Ultimately, if you suffer a serious injury in a red-light accident, pursuing financial compensation may help to teach the at-fault driver a much-needed lesson in responsible driving.