How Dangerous Is Running a Red-Light?

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    July 24 2020

    STOP Red-Light Running

    Red light, green light is a great game for kids. The person who is the light stands in front of the other players and says “red light” or “green light.” On “green light,” the other players run towards the light. On “red light,” the other players have to stop. If a player runs on “red light,” they are out. In real life, red-light running can turn deadly. In 2018, 846 people were killed in crashes that involved red light running (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)). Nearly half of those killed were victims of red-light runners. Namely, pedestrians, bicyclists, and people in other vehicles. In 2018, IIHS estimates that 139,000 people were injured in red-light running crashes.

    If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the Clark County area, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer serving the Las Vegas area. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced car accident lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation. If your injuries will not allow you to come see us, we can come to you to discuss your car accident case.

    Nevada Intersection Accident Statistics

    Every day, Nevada drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists are at risk for an intersection accident. Clark County is the most dangerous county for intersection crashes in the state. The Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) has a goal of zero fatalities on the road. This goal has yet to be reached. Between 2013 and 2017, the Nevada SHSP reported the following:

    • 75 percent of serious injury and fatal intersection crashes occurred in Clark County.
    • Serious injury and fatal intersection crashes occurred most frequently on Fridays and Saturdays.
    • 62 percent of crashes occurred during daylight hours.
    • Vehicles going straight caused the greatest number of serious injuries and fatal crashes.
    • Men ages 26 to 35 years old comprised the largest number of victims of serious injury and fatal intersection crashes.

    Running a red light impacts everyone. It can end lives and devastate families. On July 9, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported its 47th traffic fatality in 2020. The traffic fatality was the result of a motorcyclist running a red light. The motorcyclist entered the intersection on a red light and hit another vehicle.

    If you are the victim of a vehicle running a red light, contact an experienced Las Vegas lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced car accident lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, so you won’t have to worry that you cannot afford a good Las Vegas car accident lawyer. We get paid when you win your case. Talk to us today!

    What Does a Red Light Mean?

    A red light means STOP. The Nevada Driver’s Handbook provides the following information on red signals:

    • A red light means STOP.
    • You must come to a complete stop before you reach the intersection.
    • Stop your vehicle behind the crosswalk or stop line.
    • If there is no stop line or crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection.
    • Remain stopped until the light turns green.

    Can You Turn Right at a Red Light?

    In Nevada, you can turn right at a red light unless otherwise posted or prohibited by signs. Per Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484B.307 8(c), you are allowed to turn right on a red light after coming to a full stop. You must be in the extreme right-hand lane and yield to pedestrians and all traffic moving through the intersection.

    Can You Turn Left at a Red Light?

    A red light means STOP. You may make a left turn at a red light only when:

    • You are turning from a one-way street onto another one-way street that has traffic moving left.

    To make the turn you must:

    1. Signal,
    2. Come to a complete stop, and
    3. Yield right-of-way to pedestrians and all other traffic that is moving as directed by the signal.

    What Does a Flashing Red Light Mean?

    A flashing red light means STOP. The Nevada Driver’s Handbook provides the following information on flashing red lights:

    • A flashing red light means that you must come to a full stop.
    • You may go only when the road is clear and you have the right-of-way.
    • The signal has the same meaning as a stop sign.

    What Does a Red Arrow Mean?

    A red arrow means STOP. The Nevada Driver’s Handbook provides the following information on red arrows:

    • A red arrow means you cannot make the movement shown by the arrow.
    • The red arrow may be shown alone or with another signal.
    • Unless entering the intersection to make a movement allowed by another signal, drivers facing a red arrow must stop.

    What If the Signal Is Not Working?

    STOP. When traffic control lights are not working, come to a full stop before proceeding through the intersection. Yield to pedestrians and other vehicles that are already stopped or are in the intersection. After you have stopped and yielded, proceed with caution.

    How to Stay Safe at Intersections

    Every driver shares a responsibility at intersections. Use the following tips to stay safe at intersections:

    • Slow down
    • Avoid distracted driving
    • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    • Obey all traffic signals
    • Stop at red lights and stop signs
    • Look both ways before entering an intersection
    • Signal every turn and lane change
    • Yield to other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists

    Intersection accidents are preventable accidents. Have you been injured by a driver running a red light? It is important to work with a Las Vegas lawyer who can manage all the issues involved in a car accident case. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced car accident lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    What Do You Do if You Are Injured in a Red-Light Running Car Accident?

    Even the most cautious driver can be injured by a car running a red light. If you are injured in a car accident, do the following:

    • Call 911
    • Obtain medical help
    • Move to a safe area if possible to do so safely
    • Record information
    • Exchange information
    • Document your injuries
    • Do not admit fault
    • Contact a personal injury lawyer

    For more information see our article: Do You Know What to Do After a Car Accident?

    How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?

    When a red-light running accident occurs, it is important to speak to a personal injury lawyer who has experience dealing with red-light running accidents. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to guide their client through the legal process. A lawyer can help their client obtain evidence and speak with insurance companies. A lawyer can also make sure their client gets the compensation they deserve. For more information about damages in a car accident, see our article: What Types of Damages Can I Get After a Car Accident?

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    If you or a loved one has been injured in a red-light running car accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help protect your rights. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced at handling all types of car accident cases, including accidents where the driver ran a red light.

    Anthem Injury Lawyers can properly manage all the issues involved in a complex car accident case. Our law office is located in Henderson, but we work with clients all over the Las Vegas Valley. Don’t wait – time is of the essence in car accident cases. Have us protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve for injuries sustained in a car accident caused by another. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

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