Most drivers in New York know that running a red light is illegal as well as dangerous, yet many continue to do it. This trend can be seen nationwide. For example, AAA conducted a survey where 85% of respondents agreed that red light running is wrong; at the same time, one-third of respondents admitted to doing it at least once in the previous 30 days.
It’s no surprise, then, that red light running is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. According to a recent report from the same AAA, the year 2017 saw a total of 939 deaths in crashes caused by red light runners. This was the highest the number has been in 10 years, and compared to the relative low in 2012, it marked a startling 28% increase.
Almost half of those killed were drivers or passengers in the cars other than the one the red light runner was driving. The red light runners themselves made up a little over one-third of the victims.
As for the cause of these crashes, they range from inattention and distractions to intentional speeding. In the AAA survey, two in five drivers said they don’t think they would ever be pulled over for red light running. It appears, then, that nothing is deterring drivers from taking the risk.
When red light runners cause auto accidents, then it’s likely clear who was at fault. With New York being a no-fault state, however, there are restrictions on who can file a personal injury claim. If victims believe they can file one, then they may want a lawyer to assess the case. With a lawyer, it may be easier to gather proof against the defendant and negotiate for a fair settlement. If successful, victims might be compensated for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.