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Watch out for collisions at red lights

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Red means stop, green means go. You were taught that as a child, it’s not hard to remember. Yet every day you see drivers in Orland Park who fail to stop their car when the lights are red.

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found drivers jumping red lights are killing more people than ever. The number of deaths rose 31% from 2009 to 2017.

It is the drivers themselves that die 35% of the time. Pedestrians or cyclists account for about 5% of the deaths, and the rest of the victims are in other vehicles. In other words, everyone is at risk.

Why do people fail to stop at red lights? Some do not care, while others are too distracted to notice. The researchers found that 85% of people interviewed thought jumping a red light was dangerous, yet a third said they had done it themselves in the last month.

You need to take extra care at traffic intersections:

  • When the lights turn green for you, check in all directions to make sure someone is not ignoring the lights.
  • Slow down when approaching the lights. It can reduce the impact of any crash.
  • Dab your brakes before stopping for the lights. By activating your rear brake light a few times, you may wake up a distracted driver behind and prevent them from shunting you into the oncoming traffic.

If you are unlucky enough to have a car collision at an Orland Park intersection due to someone else’s negligence, seek legal help to fight for the injury compensation you need.