No matter how much of a hurry we’re in, it’s dangerous and illegal to run a red light. It’s that simple. When you take a look at the risk vs. benefit of gunning it through a yellow light, the clear choice is to slow down and prepare to stop for the red light rather than racing through the yellow light.
Is saving a few seconds on your commute worth taking someone’s life?
Most of us have run a yellow or red light or have at least considered it when we’re late for work, school, or just eager to get to our destination. But absolutely nothing good will come of running a red light, and in the worst case scenario, you can kill someone (or be T-boned by a car going the other way) by running a red light. That could mean a lifetime of pain as well as angst, guilt, and sadness, and it may even mean jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines.
Running red lights is a dangerous habit that can result in very serious consequences for the “other guy” and for you.
Running a red light can result in a costly traffic ticket, points on your driver’s license, and worse—an accident that results in serious injury or death.
Why Drivers Run Red Lights
Not surprisingly, about 56% of all drivers admit to running red lights at one time or another; now add in the number of people who just won’t admit they’ve done it. That’s a lot of red light violations. Red light runners may be running late for work or a meeting or a medical appointment, or they may just be impatient and tired of sitting in traffic.
Then there are the drivers who run the red light because they know they’ll be unable to stop in time. Speeding reduces your ability to stop in time, so chronic speeders often blow through red lights because they know they don’t have enough stopping distance when the light turns yellow. If you are worried you’ll be rear-ended by stopping abruptly at a yellow light, just consider the damage of a rear-end accident versus the damage of a head-on collision or a T-bone accident—the latter are much worse, usually.
Some drivers run red lights because they’re just oblivious to the traffic and road signs around them. People are using their phones and other devices while driving a several-ton automobile, and drivers are more distracted than ever before. Killing someone or ramming into a car full of people because you had to read a text and missed the yellow light is not something anyone wants to live with for the rest of their life.
Running a red light is never OK. If you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed by a driver running a red light, you may be entitled to compensation to cover the losses of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been harmed because another driver ran a red light in Los Angeles or anywhere in Southern California, please contact us to discuss the details of your car accident case today; consultations are free, and there’s no obligation.