Driver Killed After Running Red Light
Traffic laws, signs, and signals are in place for a reason: to keep drivers, pedestrians, and others on the roadways safe. Stop signs and red lights tell drivers to yield. When a person does not follow traffic controls, it can lead to serious or even fatal crashes.
This was recently the case in Houston. In the early morning hours of March 1, the driver of a car ran a red light at the intersection of Westheimer Road and Briarpark Drive. As a result, the vehicle collided with the side of an 18-wheeler that had the right of way. The driver of the car, an unidentified man, was killed instantly.
The crash caused debris to hit a van. The truck and van drivers were not injured in the crash.
Running Red Lights
Running red lights is a huge problem in the United States. It happens often, killing hundreds of people every year. About half of the victims are innocent bystanders, such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and people in other vehicles.
More than 40% of drivers admit to running red lights when they could have stopped safely. Even more shocking is that one-third of drivers run red lights on a regular basis.
Sometimes drivers do not run red lights on purpose. They face a dilemma in which they can neither stop nor proceed safely. Factors such as driving speed, reaction time, comfort level, and perception of surrounding conditions can make a situation even more of a dilemma. Long and short yellow lights increase the complexity of driving in a dilemma zone.
Here are some other reasons why drivers run red lights:
- Distracted driving is a serious issue and a major cause of accidents. Not only is cell phone use to blame, but so is using the radio and GPS, as well as reading, eating, and talking to passengers. These activities can all cause drivers to lose focus and run red lights.
- Following a large vehicle. When a passenger vehicle is following a larger vehicle, such as a semi truck, it can be harder to see the traffic signal. The driver just follows the semi truck driver, possibly running a red light.
- Environmental factors. Inclement weather and traffic conditions can make red right running more common. For example, slippery roads may make it harder for drivers to stop quickly and safely. Also, emotions run high in heavy traffic situations. Impatient drivers may be more likely to run a red light in these conditions.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Traffic signals are in place for a reason. When a person fails to follow them, it can result in a fatal accident, as seen in this case.
Contact a Houston auto accident attorney from The West Law Office, PLLC for help with your car crash. We’ll assess your case and help you get adequate compensation. Fill out the online form or call 281-347-3247 to schedule a free consultation.