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    February 22 2021

    Do You Know Nevada Red Light Laws?

    This month two men lost their lives after a vehicle failed to obey a red light on Las Vegas Boulevard. A vehicle reportedly failed to obey the red light traveling in an intersection when it struck another vehicle, killing its occupants. Whether you are a driver, pedestrian, motorcyclist, or bicyclist, running a red light is dangerous and illegal. In 2018, 846 people were killed in crashes that involved red light running. Do you know Nevada red light laws? Below we will provide Nevada red light laws.

    Nevada red light laws are meant to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, even the safest driver can be injured in a car accident. If you are a car accident victim in the Las Vegas area, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you protect your rights. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers has experience handling complex personal injury issues. This includes spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and wrongful death. Don’t wait. We will immediately pursue your case to get you the compensation you deserve for injuries sustained in a Las Vegas area car accident. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    What Are Nevada Red Light Laws?

    Nevada red light laws are meant to keep everyone safe. Portions of applicable red light statutes are provided below.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.307(8)

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.307(8) provides as follows.

    Where the signal is a steady red signal alone:

    (a) Vehicular traffic facing the signal must stop before entering the crosswalk on the nearest side of the intersection where the sign or pavement marking indicates where the stop must be made, or in the absence of any such crosswalk, sign or marking, then before entering the intersection, and, except as otherwise provided in paragraphs (c) and (d), must remain stopped or standing until the green signal is shown.

    (b) Pedestrians facing such a signal shall not enter the highway, unless permitted to proceed by another device as provided in NRS 484B.283.

    (c) After complying with the requirement to stop, vehicular traffic facing such a signal and situated on the extreme right of the highway may proceed into the intersection for a right turn only when the intersecting highway is two-directional or one-way to the right, or vehicular traffic facing such a signal and situated on the extreme left of a one-way highway may proceed into the intersection for a left turn only when the intersecting highway is one-way to the left, but must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection.

    (d) After complying with the requirement to stop, a person driving a motorcycle, moped or trimobile or riding a bicycle, an electric bicycle or an electric scooter may proceed straight through or turn right or left if:

    (1) The person waits for two complete cycles of the lights or lighted arrows of the applicable official traffic-control device and the signal does not change because of a malfunction or because the signal failed to detect the presence of the motorcycle, moped, trimobile, bicycle, electric bicycle or electric scooter;

    (2) No other device at the place prohibits either or both such turns, if applicable; and

    (3) The person yields the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection.

    (e) Vehicular traffic facing the signal may not proceed on or through any private or public property to enter the intersecting street where traffic is not facing a red signal to avoid the red signal.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.307(9)

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.307(9) provides as follows.

    Where the signal is a steady red with a green turn arrow:

    (a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b), vehicular traffic facing the signal may enter the intersection only to make the movement indicated by the green turn arrow, but must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection. Drivers turning in the direction of the arrow are thereby advised that so long as the turn arrow is illuminated, oncoming or opposing traffic simultaneously faces a steady red signal.

    (b) A person driving a motorcycle, moped or trimobile or riding a bicycle, an electric bicycle or an electric scooter facing the signal may proceed straight through or turn in the direction opposite that indicated by the green turn arrow if:

    (1) The person stops before entering the crosswalk on the nearest side of the intersection where the sign or pavement marking indicates where the stop must be made or, in the absence of any such crosswalk, sign or marking, before entering the intersection;

    (2) The person waits for two complete cycles of the lights or lighted arrows of the applicable official traffic-control device and the signal does not change because of a malfunction or because the signal failed to detect the presence of the motorcycle, moped, trimobile, bicycle, electric bicycle or electric scooter;

    (3) No other device at the place prohibits the turn, if applicable; and

    (4) The person yields the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.310

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.310 states as follows.

    Whenever an illuminated flashing red signal is used in conjunction with an official traffic-control device, it shall require obedience by vehicular traffic as follows:

    1. When a red lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles shall stop before entering the nearest crosswalk in an intersection or at a limit line when marked, or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and the right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a required stop.

    Even if you follow the law, you can still be injured in a car accident. Other drivers can choose to disregard the law or lose control of their vehicles, causing an accident. If another driver injures you in a Las Vegas area car accident, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers. Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. We offer decades of knowledge and experience that can put you in the best position to win your Las Vegas car accident case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.

    How Can You Help Save a Life?

    Safe drivers follow the law, including those provided above. Drivers can take additional steps to be safe and save a life while on the road. How can you help save a life? Simply follow the steps provided by Zero Fatalities Nevada below:

    • Slow down
    • Stop on red. Look right before turning on green.
    • Look both ways before entering an intersection.
    • Signal every turn.
    • Make a complete stop at traffic signals.
    • Yield to other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

    We hope the above laws and safety tips help you stay safe on the roads. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area car accident, contact an experienced Las Vegas lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. We will aggressively pursue your Las Vegas car accident case to help you gain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    If you have been injured by a driver running a red light, you should speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer. They can help you determine what steps to take next. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers and staff ready to help you. We are experienced in all types of car accidents. This includes accidents involving drivers running red lights. There’s no need to fight for your rights alone because you think a lawyer is unaffordable. We don’t get paid unless you win. Put our experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyers to work for you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

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