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Red Light Cameras Increase Rear-end Collisions in Florida

Many drivers have had that moment, where you are traveling through an area with traffic lights and doing the speed limit. Suddenly, the light changes to yellow and you are right at that distance where you have the debate to stop or drive through the intersection. Making the decision to drive on through and risk the light turning red, you accelerate slightly and that is when you see it – the sign proclaiming that the intersection is covered by a traffic light camera. You slam on your brakes and get rear-ended by the driver behind you, who also intended to drive through the intersection. This exact situation is happening in intersections all over South Florida.

If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, the skilled Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help you get the money that you need for medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Rear-end collisions often result in back, neck, and head injuries that lead to years of debilitating pain, so it is important to enforce your legal rights.

Municipalities justify the installation of traffic cameras as being a safety feature and not as a revenue generating measure. However, they do not seem to have that effect. In fact, a comprehensive summary of traffic accidents and red light safety evaluation by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) in 2005 found that the installation of red light cameras did increase the number of rear-end collisions by a significant amount, but the summary also indicated that red light cameras reduced right-angle accidents.

A study by the Virginia Department of Transportation also found that there was an increase in rear-end collisions when traffic cameras were installed. Although the study found that there might be a decrease in angle collisions, it also determined that there was an overall increase in accidents with injuries after the cameras were placed in various intersections. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety disputes those conclusions and did release its own study stating that red light cameras reduced traffic accidents and fatalities.

In 2010, the Palm Beach Post looked at the use of red light cameras in West Palm Beach after the city installed these traffic camera. The Palm Beach Post study found that rear-end accidents increased from two to five over the same time period the previous year. The only injury from the accidents in the three city intersections was the result of a rear-end collision after the traffic camera had been installed. Despite the ongoing debate about whether there is a real safety benefit to the installation of cameras, on August 8, 2013, the Palm Beach Post reported that a new camera was installed in Royal Palm Beach at the intersection of Boynton Beach Boulevard and North Seacrest Boulevard and began operating on August 9th.

Rear-end accidents are the most common type of traffic accident in the United States. Even low-rate-of-speed rear-end collisions lead to back, neck, brain, and jaw injuries. Although some of these injuries involve damage to the soft tissue, including whiplash, other common injuries include harm to the high bones, compression fractures, and herniated disks. Rear-end collisions may involve fatalities, although other types of accidents, e.g. head-on impacts, have a higher rate of death. As traffic cameras are installed in more towns in South Florida, the increase in rear-end collisions likely will continue.

If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, the experienced Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will help you get the justice you deserve. Unfortunately, rear-end collisions are very common, but this does not diminish the devastation that the resulting injuries cause. Our knowledgeable attorneys work with accident reconstruction, medical, and financial experts to make a jury understand the impact that the injury has had on your life.

For decades, our car accident attorneys have been successful in getting clients throughout South Florida the compensation that they need to reclaim their quality of life. Please call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or contact us through our website to schedule a free consultation where we can discuss your case and present your legal options.

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