Red Light Collision Auto Accident Lawyer Los Angeles
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted in 2008 that red light accident collisions was the cause 762 deaths, in addition to an estimation of approximately 165,000 people that sustained injury in red light car and other accidents each year. If you or a loved one have sustained any injury due to the negligence of a driver, or if you know anyone who was killed in a red light car accident resulting in a wrongful death accident claim, in Los Angeles, it is important to contact a experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer right now to get in get FREE CONSULTATION from one of our highly qualified red light collision car accident personal injury attorneys.
Facts of Red Light Accident
General characteristics of red light violators are:
They are usually young, have no children (If parent, has children less than 20 years old)
They are driving alone, in a rush to work or school (Usually morning hours)
They are employed in less educated jobs (blue collar) or are unemployed
They are not frustrated, they are in a rush
They are likely to be male, with prior traffic violations.
Year after year, stop sign violations account for numerous fatal crashes. Each year, approximately 200 fatal crashes and 17,000 injuries occur because a person failed to make a proper stop. Children may also be at risk if there is a violation.
Causes of Red Light Collisions
Common factors that lead to these red light accidents include the following:
Car, truck or motorcycle rushes to “make the light” while it is on yellow and ends up entering the intersection on a red traffic signal light, where other vehicles are turning or driving perpendicular to the driver, leading to a hard impact car accident
Car driver makes an error by thinking he or she could beat the light on the yellow, but then changes mind and attempts to stop at red light, but, due to high speed, car ends up passing the red light anyways, crashing into another car, truck or other vehicle
A driver passes the red light due to inattention or recklessness and crashes into another car on its green traffic light
A car lawfully in the intersection turns left after its traffic signal turns red as another second driver, not aware that the first car is making a left turn, accelerates (or “jumps the light”) on the green light and crashes into the left turning car.
Bad weather conditions that include a blinding setting sun, rain, snow, icy roads and fog.
Who is Liable or Responsible for a Red Light Accident?
Majority of the time, the person liable for the red light auto accident falls under the driver who has entered or has crossed into the intersection of the red light. Typically, this occurs when the at fault car enters on a red traffic light when the opposing car, already lawfully in the intersection, turns left blocking the path of the car that entered the intersection on a red light, resulting in a devastating two-car collision impact.
Furthermore, there are also times when a driver enters the intersection of a green but is still at fault, including when the first driver, already lawfully in the intersection and waiting for traffic to clear before turning left, then completes the left-turn right after the light turns red, when the second vehicle, entering on a green light in a perpendicular direction “jumps the green light” and enters the intersection before the intersection clears and collides with the lawfully left turning motor.
The California Vehicle Code Section 21453 addresses the California red light rules implements the following:
"A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b)."
"Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn, a driver, after stopping as required by subdivision (a), facing a steady circular red signal, may turn right, or turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street. A driver making that turn shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to any vehicle that has approached or is approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard to the driver, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that vehicle until the driver can proceed with reasonable safety."
"A driver facing a steady red arrow signal shall not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow and, unless entering the intersection to make a movement permitted by another signal, shall stop at a clearly marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication permitting movement is shown."
"Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in Section 21456, a pedestrian facing a steady circular red or red arrow signal shall not enter the roadway."
Injuries Suffered in Red Light Car Accidents
The common injuries endured by a red light collision accidents are:
Leg Injuries, including fractures
Spinal cord damage
Broken bones, including shoulders, legs and even spinal cord damage
Statute of Limitation for Red Light Collision Accident Individual Personal Injury Lawsuit
The statute of limitation for a corporate or individual personal injury lawsuit is limited to two (2) years from the date of injury. However, if the injury was not discovered right away, then it is one (1) year from the date the injury was discovered.
We Fight To Recover Your Remedies
Based on the specifications of your case - the details of the accident, how severe your injury was, it is ultimately going to determine what you could be entitled to sustain based on your case. However, what you can be compensated for if your case prevails can often be put into several different categories.
The categories of compensation can include:
Medical bills: Should you win your case, you could be awarded compensation for medical bills you’ve had to pay as a result of your injury. This includes both past and future bills stemming from the injury, and can potentially cover expenses such as transport or in-home rehabilitation services.
Lost wages: Lost wages can be awarded if your injury has caused significant missed time at work, or has made you unable to perform your job. You could be entitled to even more lost wages if the injury leaves you permanently disabled and unable to find consistent work.
Pain and suffering: In some cases, the damages endured from physical pain and emotional suffering can be compensated to pay for therapy treatments.
Punitive damages: Punitive damages are awarded in more extreme cases, wherein the injury was caused by someone’s recklessness. They are awarded to try and dissuade the defendant and others from acting with that level of recklessness again.
No Recovery. No Pay.
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