Last week, Boise resident Elizabeth Montandon was arrested for driving under the influence after she was pulled over for running a red light. She became angry and kicked an officer in the leg during the arrest, leading to a charge of felony battery on an officer along with misdemeanor counts of DUI and resisting arrest.
Although running a red light might not seem like a big deal on its own, it is a very dangerous traffic violation. Running a red light stands as the number one cause of car accidents in urban areas. Experts estimate almost 165,000 people are injured each year when a driver runs a red light.
Drivers run red lights for a variety of reasons. Often they are just “in a hurry.” And, those who are not driving under the influence may be convinced they can clear the intersection before the yellow signal turns red or think the risk of an accident is worth the benefit of getting to their destination a few minutes sooner. Others are simply distracted and not paying proper attention to the road.
When a red light runner causes a crash, the driver’s vehicle usually smashes into the side of a vehicle that has the right of way. A T-bone crash like this leaves the passengers of the second vehicle at an extreme disadvantage. T-bone crashes can also cause the vehicle that is hit to roll over and eject anyone who is not wearing a seatbelt.
Red light violators can cause a chain reaction accidents if the initial collision requires other drivers to make an abrupt stop to avoid the accident. These rear-end accidents can also result in serious injury or death.
Right Turn on Red Violations
Turning right on red at intersections can also be dangerous, and where doing so is prohibited it is considered a moving violation. One analysis of crash data found that right turn on red crashes frequently involve pedestrians and/or bicyclists and that ninety three percent of these crashes resulted in injuries.
Protecting Your Legal Rights
If you are injured in a vehicle crash caused by a driver who is guilty of a red light violation, you may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury attorney can assist you in obtaining reimbursement for your medical costs, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. The attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to representing Idaho residents who have been injured due to the negligence of others.