There are many different causes of serious accidents, but one of the most common is when a driver runs a red light and impacts another driver who was proceeding through the intersection legally. In fact, there was a recent accident in Northwest Miami-Dade that led to the death of two drivers after one of the drivers ran a red light, according to a recent news article.
Car accidents that occur in intersections often lead to serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in this type of collision, or any other, the skilled Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Our law firm has spent more than 30 years getting justice for our clients.
Across the United States, there are approximately 700 fatalities each year as a direct result of a driver running a red light, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Around 100,000 people are seriously injured because of these accidents. One of the reasons that crashes involving vehicles that ran red lights are so serious is because of the high rates of speed that are involved in these collisions. The vehicle that runs the red light often is traveling in excess of the speed limit, especially if they were attempting to beat the light. The other vehicle involved in the accident also tends to be moving through the intersection at normal road speeds because the light was in their favor. The impact forces of the collision lead to serious injuries and, frequently, fatalities. These accidents are very common in urban areas due to the high ratio of intersections with traffic lights.
In addition to drivers who intentionally run red lights, there are others who do not stop because of driving while distracted or driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. These drivers simply do not realize that the light is red. In rare cases, there are defects in the traffic light itself that leads to conflicting signals or changes in the color of the lights so quickly that drivers do not have a chance to react. It is important to build a defect case carefully, as it will depend on municipal obligations in order to establish liability.
It is important to retain a car accident attorney as soon as possible in order to preserve the evidence to the extent possible. This especially is true if there is a defect or if the other driver disputes the events surrounding the accident. In many cases where one driver has caused ancago accident by running a red light, it will be necessary to have an accident reconstruction expert examine everything about the intersection, including the timing of the light changes, before too much time has elapsed in order to develop an accurate depiction of the accident. If there was a red light camera located in the intersection, it may be possible to obtain photographs taken during the time of the accident, providing important evidence.
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A car crash often leaves its victims struggling to resume normal lives. Recovery may include lengthy medical treatment and rehabilitation. It may be difficult or impossible for the person who was injured to return to work. The South Florida car accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano understands how to build an effective case based on more than 130 years of collective experience of our attorneys. Our commitment to excellence has led to an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get you the compensation that you deserve.