Florida Rated the 3rd Worst State for Red-Light Runners

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A car accident attorney in Longwood, FL provides the details drivers should know

Most people who live or visit often understand how intense and risky some areas of Florida are to drive.

Our highways include some of the most dangerous in the U.S. Now, we can also add that Florida is a hotbed for fatal car accidents caused by red-light runners.

A new study says that Florida reports the 3rd most deadly red-light running car accidents in the U.S. The only other two states with more are California and Texas.

Central Florida is home to thousands of serious car accidents every year. When you are injured or lose a family member in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, it is important that you protect your rights as soon as possible by calling a lawyer.

Red-light running Florida crash hot spots

Red-light running may be more of an issue than previously realized. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently reported that red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the U.S.

Running a red is almost always a choice. This means that the red-light running crashes that killed 850 people in 2019 could have easily been prevented.

In 2019, the most recent information available, 84 people died in Florida red-light-running crashes, according to the National Coalition for Safer Roads. A handful of these fatal accidents happened locally.

Intersections where fatal red-light crashes occurred include:

  • Ronald Reagan Boulevard at SR-417 in Sanford
  • French Avenue (US-17/92) at H. E. Thomas Jr. Parkway and 25th Street (SR-46) in Sanford
  • Old Winter Garden Road at Ferguson Drive in Orlando
  • Colonial Drive by Lake Downey in Union Park

Why do drivers run red lights?

While nearly all drivers agree that red-light running is the wrong thing to do, in a AAA Foundation survey, about 30 percent of drivers said they had run a red light within the past month or so.

Unfortunately, when someone fails to beat a red light and causes a crash, about 65% of those killed are not the driver who failed to stop for the red traffic light. More than 25% of all intersection accident fatalities are due to red-light running, AAA says.

Drivers typically run red lights for the following reasons:

  • They are distracted and fail to see the red light. This is common for those who are texting and driving.
  • They are in a rush so they speed and ignore traffic control signals.
  • Improperly timing yellow lights (longer yellow lights and delays where every direction has a red allow time for all vehicles to clear the intersection before traffic enters from another direction).
  • For the thrill of it, even though it's exceptionally reckless and puts others at risk of being injured or killed in a devastating crash.

Common injuries

Red-light running accidents have a higher chance of causing a fatality than some other types of car wrecks. This is largely due to the high speed at which reckless drivers blow through red lights. Usually, the faster a vehicle is moving at the time of impact, the more serious the injuries. Some common intersection and red-light running accident injuries include:

  • Whiplash and other neck injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Facial trauma
  • Eye-socket damage
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)

Legal help is available if you've been hurt

If you were recently injured or lost a loved one in a Central Florida crash, contact the Law Offices Of Scott M. Miller for a free case evaluation with an experienced Longwood car accident lawyer. We can explain how the law applies to your situation, the potential value of your claim, and your legal options. Contact us today to see how we can help you.