What is considered red light running?
“A violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection some time after the signal light has turned red. Motorists inadvertently in an intersection when the signal changes to red (waiting to turn left, for example) are not red light runners.”
Red light running is the most common cause of crashes nationwide. In 2007 alone, approximately 900 people were killed and an estimated 153,000 injuries were caused by red light running. Many of these deaths caused by red light runners were either pedestrians or people in the opposing vehicle that were hit and generally the collision were T-bone accidents. Arizona has been known to have some of the worst offenders pertaining to red light running.
“According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, red light running crashes only account for about six percent of all vehicle crashes in Arizona. However, 80 people were killed and nearly 7,500 were injured as a result of red light running. Additionally, Arizona has one of the highest death rates in the country per 100,000 people, according to data collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute also reports that Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson are three of the worst offending cities for red light runners.”
To prevent red light running in the state of Arizona, red light cameras were put throughout the cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, and Paradise Valley. These red light cameras have proven to decrease intersection accidents and also reduce red light violations. “A study of the same fixed speed-enforcement program in Scottsdale, AZ, found that the speed camera program led to lower speeds, safer drivers, shorter drive times and economic savings. Average speeds were reduced by about 9 mph following the installation of six cameras on the Loop 101 freeway; total crashes were reduced by 44% to 54% and injury crashes decreased by 28% to 48%.”
If you or a loved one suffers from severe injuries or death from a red light running accident, the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Phillips and Lyon will help you get the money you deserve. Contact us now.