According to the Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Report compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 2.3 million intersection-related accidents took place in 2008. As a result of those collisions, nearly 7,800 people died and about 733,000 were injured. Of those crash-related deaths, around 10 percent were caused by someone running a red light.
There are two ways that running a red light can be defined depending on whether the law follows permissive or restrictive yellow regulations. Permissive yellow allows people to enter an intersection as long as it is yellow, and if the light turns red while someone is in the intersection, they have not technically run the light.
Restrictive yellow means that someone has run a red light irrespective of whether the light was yellow or red when they entered the intersection if the light turns red while they are in the intersection. According to the NHTSA, an individual is deemed to be the cause of a red-light running crash if they were going straight, failed to obey traffic signals or devices and if there was a red traffic control signal.
If motorists run a red light, they greatly increase the chances that an accident will occur, especially since most people will not be looking out for another vehicle if they have a green light. When people are injured in such a crash, they are likely to have to deal with a number of expenses, including vehicle repairs and medical bills. Lost wages may also be an issue if someone is not able to work immediately after a crash due to a car accident injury. A lawyer could help someone pursue compensation for expenses related to an accident caused by such a negligent motorist.