An elderly driver was killed in an intersection accident, which officials say was caused by another driver who ran a red light. According to a KTNV news report, the fatal car accident occurred at the intersection of Cheyenne and Grand Canyon. A 21-year-old driver in a 1999 Dodge Durango failed to stop at the red light and crashed into a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by an 82-year-old woman. She was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and died from her injuries. The other driver suffered relatively minor injuries. According to Las Vegas police, this is the 37th fatal car accident in 2012.
Red light violations often result in major injury or fatal crashes. In many cities around the country, red light running is a serious traffic safety issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 2.3 million street intersection collisions in 2008. These crashes resulted in 7,770 fatalities and 733,000 injuries nationwide in 2008.
In fatal car accidents where negligence is a factor, families of deceased victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim. Such claims, which are filed by immediate family members, seek compensation for damages, including funeral and medical expenses and lost future earnings and benefits.
Running red lights is a dangerous behavior that can lead to devastating consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 800 people are killed each year in the United States due to accidents caused by red light runners, and thousands more are injured. Therefore, it’s essential for drivers to take measures to avoid dangers posed by people running red lights. Here are some ways to avoid these dangers:
Observe Traffic Signals
The best way to avoid danger caused by people running red lights is to be aware of traffic signals. Drivers should always pay attention to traffic lights and be prepared to stop when the light turns yellow. When approaching an intersection, drivers should be cautious and observe the traffic signal to ensure that the road is clear before proceeding.
Drivers should stay alert and be aware of their surroundings at all times. They should scan the road ahead and keep an eye out for any cars that may be running a red light. They should also be mindful of other drivers who may be distracted, speeding, or driving under the influence.
Drivers should reduce their speed when approaching an intersection. This gives them more time to react to any unexpected events and allows them to come to a complete stop if necessary. Slowing down also reduces the risk of a collision in the event that another driver runs a red light.
Increase Following Distance
Drivers should maintain a safe following distance to allow themselves enough time to stop if necessary. If another driver runs a red light, increasing the following distance can prevent a rear-end collision and give the driver time to avoid a potential accident.
Be Prepared to Stop
Drivers should always be prepared to stop at an intersection, even if they have a green light. They should approach the intersection with caution and be ready to stop if the light changes or if they notice a car running a red light.
Distractions can impair a driver’s ability to react to unexpected events on the road, such as a car running a red light. Therefore, drivers should avoid any distractions while driving, such as texting, eating, or using the phone. They should also avoid any activities that can take their eyes off the road.
Take Defensive Driving Courses
Defensive driving courses can teach drivers how to anticipate potential hazards on the road and react accordingly. These courses can also teach drivers how to avoid accidents caused by other drivers, such as those who run red lights.
Use Caution at Intersections
Intersections are high-risk areas for accidents, especially those caused by drivers running red lights. Drivers should use caution when approaching intersections, even if they have a green light. They should check for other cars, pedestrians, and cyclists and be prepared to stop if necessary.
Report Red Light Runners
If drivers witness someone running a red light, they should report it to the authorities. This can help prevent future accidents and hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, the Las Vegas injury attorneys at Shook & Stone offer our deepest condolences for your tragic loss. If you wish to obtain more information about pursuing your rights via a wrongful death claim, please contact us at 702-570-0000 for a no-cost consultation.