A crash at a red light or a stop sign can be devastating. It’s very hard to avoid because you likely don’t even realize that the other car isn’t going to stop until the last second. By the time you know what’s happening — if you do at all — you’ve already driven out in front of that driver.
Why do these accidents happen? There are a lot of reasons. Sometimes, drunk drivers are simply not aware of what they’re doing. Distracted drivers may never see the sign at all. Speeding drivers may try to stop and be unable to do so. Regardless of the reason, if they hit you, you can be seriously injured.
What the numbers say about red-light running
You may be wondering how common this is, especially if you have never run a red light yourself. It probably happens more than you think.
To start, it sounds uncommon. One estimate is that 2.1% of drivers run red lights or stop signs. It could be higher, though, since this was self-reported. Some may have failed to admit it or they may still not even know that they did it. That study asked them about the last seven years.
However, there are 328 million people in the United States. You do have 60 million who are too young to drive and some people without driver’s licenses — not that either thing necessarily stops them from driving — but that’s still 268 million potential drivers. If 2.1% run red lights and stop signs, that’s 5,628,000 people.
Your injures after being hit be a negligent driver can be extensive
If you suffered serious injuries after being hit by a driver who ran a traffic light, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your losses. An advocate can help you learn more.