There were 939 deaths resulting from red-light running crashes in 2017: the highest that the number has been in a decade. In 65% of these crashes, it is someone other than the offending driver who dies. Reckless, impatient and distracted drivers in West Virginia and across the U.S. are to blame for this trend, but that doesn’t mean that others can do nothing to protect themselves.
Other drivers may be hit by a red-light runner if, for example, they dart out too quickly the moment a red light turns green. Though they may not be to blame, they could have still prevented the collision if they paused for a moment before accelerating. To stay safe, drivers should also monitor any stale green lights and cover their brake when entering an intersection. Tapping the brakes a few times can alert any distracted drivers behind them.
Distractions must be avoided at all times. Looking down at one’s phone for five seconds is like driving down the length of a football field while blindfolded. Pedestrians and bicyclists also need to avoid distractions like headphones and remain attentive. They must ensure that drivers have stopped before crossing. They could even make eye contact with drivers. Another thing is to be visible. At night, wear reflective clothing and stay in well-lit areas.
Red-light running crashes are among many types of traffic accidents that can lead to a case under personal injury law. For such cases to be valid, there must be proof of the other side’s negligence. Victims, to recover damages in this state, must be deemed to be less than 50% at fault. Since it can be hard to strive for a settlement with the other’s insurance company, victims may hire a lawyer. A successful case might reimburse victims for medical costs, lost wages and more.