Auto Accidents and Red Lights Can Cause Personal Injury

Jun 9, 2017 — by Chris Olsen
Tags: Auto Accidents Personal Injury Wrongful Death

Auto Accidents and Red LightsCars running red lights or failing to halt at a stop sign are just a few of the leading causes of traffic accidents that occur every day. If you have been injured and are facing extensive medical bills and loss of income as a result of an auto accident that resulted from another driving running a red light, personal injury attorney Chris Olsen is trained to seek the maximum compensation you deserve. We routinely handle cases that involve auto accidents and red lights on a regular basis at Olsen Law Offices for clients in the San Diego, CA area.

Causes of Red Light Auto Accidents

Recent research has shown that drivers running red lights are responsible for two million auto accidents each year. Of those accidents, 700,000 injuries and 8,000 fatalities occurred. Although distracted driving plays a role in causing traffic accidents, the most common causes of red light auto accidents include:

  • Drivers who are texting or talking on their cellphone
  • Drivers who are intoxicated
  • Drivers who are in a hurry, impatient, or recklessly driving
  • Drivers who speed up at an intersection when the light changes yellow
  • Drivers who tailgate
  • Drivers who are distracted by any number of things (cellphone, children, GPS, eating, etc.) and fail to notice the light changing
  • Environmental factors, such as blinding sun, rain, snow, or fog

Who Is Most Likely to Cause a Red Light Accident?

Although anyone is susceptible to causing a red light accident, research has shown that there are a variety of characteristics commonly seen in drivers who are prone to cause red light auto accidents, such as:

  • Inexperienced or uneducated drivers
  • Male drivers
  • Young drivers
  • Repeat offenders with prior speeding or DUI/DWI convictions
  • Reckless or impatient drivers
  • Unlicensed or uninsured drivers

What to Do after An Accident

The moment the accident occurs, it’s important to dial 911 so the appropriate emergency services are available to help with your accident. Having an EMT and policeman available will allow the appropriate documentation to be made, as well as ensure medical attention is delivered.

Red light accidents can result in:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Permanent nerve and muscle injury
  • Broken bones
  • Lost wages
  • Inability to work
  • Temporary or long-term disability
  • Paralysis
  • Death

When any of the above occurs and the other driver is at fault, you are legally allowed to seek compensation. Although insurance companies often handle such cases, unfortunately, drivers do not always receive the coverage they deserve. Attorney Chris Olsen will open an investigation and meet with doctors, witnesses, and carefully review the police reports and pictures taken to ensure you receive maximum compensation for what you or your loved ones has lost, especially in accidents that resulted in fatalities.

Contact Us Today

If you have been injured as a result of a negligent driver or have a loved one who has been fatally injured, attorney Chris Olsen can seek adequate compensation for medical bills, personal injury, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact our law office today online or by calling (619) 550-9352 to schedule a meeting with Chris Olsen.

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