Every single year, thousands of people around the nation are injured in traffic accidents involving a motorist running a red light. Everyone should know that running a red light can endanger not only themselves but also other road users, whether they’re motorists, cyclists or pedestrians. Despite this, we see people running red lights on a daily basis. In order to highlight the dangers of this practice and encourage safe driving, the city of Santa Clara, CA, has put together an initiative called Red Light Running Awareness Week.
Modeled after the National Stop on Red Week, which takes place from August 7 to 13 each year, the local initiative hopes to reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by people running red lights.
Get Help If You Were Injured in an Accident Involving a Driver Running a Red Light
While we may all wish that Red Light Running Awareness Week will be a huge success and cause drivers all throughout the Santa Clara area and elsewhere in the nation to rethink their driving habits, accidents caused by drivers failing to stop at a red light aren’t likely to end soon.
Some drivers may be careless at intersections and fail to notice that the light has turned red. Others may intentionally go through a red light with the excuse that they’re in a hurry. Most of the time, nothing will happen. However, there is a chance that running a red light will cause a collision.
Accidents at intersections can cause not only serious material damage but also injure individuals, particularly if a cyclist or pedestrian is hit. If you were injured in an accident involving a driver running a red light, it’s important that you protect your legal rights and consult with an experienced personal injury attorney right away.
Needham, Kepner & Fish has several years of experience defending the rights of traffic accident victims all throughout San Jose and the surrounding area. Our team of personal injury attorneys will be happy to schedule a free consultation during which your case will be evaluated. Keep in mind that under California law, you have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim. Contact our attorneys today to safeguard your rights.