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Auto accident statistics show red light deaths highest in decade

Louisiana drivers will be schooled in stopping at red lights from the time they learn to drive. It is one of the most basic requirements. Unfortunately, many accidents are due to drivers who do not adhere to this law. Recent research uncovered a worrying trend regarding red light violations, and drivers should be aware of it.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed data showing that drivers running red lights and causing a fatal auto accident reached its highest level in a decade. The latest statistics available were from 2017. In that year, there were 939 deaths because of a driver going through a red light. That is a 28% increase from 2012.

At intersections where there was a signal, 28% of fatal crashes were because of drivers running red lights. About 46% of people who died in a red light accident were passengers or in another vehicle. Cyclists and pedestrians accounted for more than 5% of fatalities. People know that running red lights is risky; 85% stated they were aware of its danger. Still, almost one in three said they ran a red light in the previous month despite being able to stop in time.

One solution that researchers believe might be effective is an increase in red light cameras to catch drivers who run red lights. Those who were cited were found to be unlikely to repeat the violation.

When there is an auto accident, the cause is a key in a potential legal filing. With injuries and fatalities often resulting from a crash after a driver has run a red light, it is important to understand the options. A law firm experienced in motor vehicle accident litigation might be able to help.

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