Some of the most dangerous areas you’ll run into on our roadways are intersections. You might fly right through them thinking nothing about it, but the truth of the matter is that a good majority of accidents happen at at these points of traffic conflict. There’s traffic headed in all directions and both pedestrians and bicyclists are navigating their way through as well. But it’s those who don’t obey the traffic devices that are causing problems for everyone.
That’s why officials with the National Coalition for Safer Roads are joining in the National Stop on Red Week campaign. The week-long campaign will be taking place from Sunday, August 5th through Saturday, August 11th and each day will be focused on a different safety aspect.
Our Charlotte car accident lawyers understand that red light runners cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. In 2011, there were more than 700 people killed and an estimated 118,000 injured in accidents that involved red light running, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). About half of the deaths in red light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles who are hit by the red light runners.
According to another IIHS study, urban accidents in which drivers did not obey traffic control devices were the most common kind of accident, accounting for more than 20 percent of all accidents recorded. Injuries happened in about 40 percent of accidents in which a motorist ran a traffic control.
-Close to 2.5 million drivers have gotten a red-light violation across a recent study consisting of 18 states.
-Drivers are most likely to run a red light in the afternoon. More than 30 percent of all red-light running violations in 2011 happened from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-On Friday, your most likely to see drivers run through red lights.
-Memorial Day weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period for these violations, with close to 27,000 red-light running handed out in 2011. That’s a more than 25 percent increase in violations compared to an average weekend.
-Sunday is the day with the least red-light running tendencies.
-July 3rd is the worst day out of the entire year for red light running.
-Christmas had the lowest number of red-light running violations out of the entire year.
-One in three people claim they personally know someone injured or killed in a red-light running crash.
-Deaths caused by red-light running are increasing at more than three times the rate of increase for all other fatal crashes.
And we’re asking for awareness and safe driving habits from everyone. It’s important that even the safest of drivers travel through intersection areas with full awareness. We’ve got to be cautious of other drivers who may not be stopping at traffic control devices. Make sure you’re aware of your entire surroundings (including bicyclists and pedestrians) to ensure safe passage.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
New Mobile App Designed to Stop Distracted Driving, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, July 21, 2013
Smart Response in the Event of an Accident, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, July 20, 2013