According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, red-light running crashes are a significant danger in Ohio and around the country. In a traffic safety report, the agency reported that there were more than 2.3 million intersection crashes nationwide in 2008, which resulted in 7,770 deaths and around 733,000 injuries. Red-light running accounted for 762 of those deaths.
Red-light runners not only pose a threat to themselves, but they are a great danger to those around them. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, around half of the people killed in red-light running accidents are not the ones who ran the red light. Sadly, they are pedestrians and other drivers who are struck by red-light runners. The NHTSA reports that 97 percent of drivers fear being hit by a driver who runs a red light, and a survey by Old Dominion University shows that one in three people claim to know someone killed or injured by a red-light running accident.
In order to reduce red-light running crashes, experts recommend that drivers obey speed limits and never try to beat yellow lights. Also, when stopped at a red light, drivers should carefully look in all directions before proceeding when the light turns green.
The government reports that drivers and pedestrians are more likely to be injured in a red-light running car accident than any other type of crash. Ohio residents injured in a crash that was caused by the negligence of another party may benefit by consulting with an attorney. It may be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.