Whether it’s a small town or big city, automobile accidents happen every day across Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Unfortunately, many of the most serious accidents are those that occur at intersections in RI and MA. When these RI automobile accidents happen, there are often different versions of what happened by both those involved in the crash as well as any eyewitnesses. No matter who turns out to be right or wrong when it comes to fault, the fact is that statistics related to these motor vehicle accidents in Providence are startling to say the least. Sadly many of these red light car collisions are preventable.
Red Light Accident
Based on data from the Federal Highway Association, U.S. drivers are involved in more than 2.3 million intersection accidents annually, resulting in almost 8,000 deaths. Sadly, more than 10 percent of all deaths occur due to a driver or drivers running a red light. While it has been determined that deaths resulting from running red lights have decreased since 2008, the number of deaths per year nevertheless exceeds 1,000. Along with the number of people killed annually when red lights are ignored by drivers, there are close to 170,000 people who are seriously injured in these crashes. Perhaps most stunning to hear is that one in three people in the FHA study personally knew someone who had either been killed or severely injured in a red light accident. In fact, drivers today consider running red lights or stop signs such a serious issue on the road that when polled, nearly 98 percent of them classified running red lights or stop signs as the most dangerous issue facing them on the road.
Stop sign crash
In many of these accidents, drivers who have run red lights have also been extremely negligent when behind the wheel, including running a red light. Texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, or other actions have been found to cause these accidents, as have been such reasons as simply trying to beat the light before it changes to red. No matter the reason, many innocent victims ultimately pay the price.
While these or any other legal situations do not offer guaranteed outcomes to those involved, it is always a good idea to meet with a Rhode island auto accident attorney to discuss all available options. As long as there are drivers on the road, there will continue to be intersection accidents in Rhode Island. However, by taking strong precautions to guard against those drivers who may be paying little if any attention to those around them, many people may be able to avoid being the next victim.
“Total red-light running crash fatalities decreased 22% from 2007 to 2011, as the number of communities with red-light safety cameras increased 135%.
- 201 fewer people died in red-light running crashes in 2011 than in 2007, saving $1.2 billion in costs.
- Year-to-year changes in red-light running fatalities reveal an average annual decrease of 5.6% from 2007 to 2011.
- In 2011, about half of the red-light running deaths were people other than the red-light runner.
- In 2011, red-light running crashes injured 118,000 people.
- Source: American Traffic Solutions (ATS) Fact Sheets For more information on Road Safety Cameras, download the following fact sheets
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