Stop on Red Week 2016

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Many people have been guilty of speeding up to get through a “yellow light.” However, the dangers are not worth the risk. Between 2004 and 2013, an estimated 7,799 people lost their lives running red lights or “trying to beat the light.”  In 2013 alone, more than 697 people were killed and an estimated 127,000 were injured in similar crashes. Such risks are even higher in urban areas, where stop-light-related crashes are more common than any other type.  Even though the general risk created by running stop lights may be obvious, 36% of drivers continue to run lights even though 73% of drivers acknowledge that “running red lights is unacceptable.”[1] In 2014, it is…

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Running Red Lights: The Dangers of Violating Basic Rules of the Road

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Red lights are one of the most basic and recognizable pieces of safety equipment on our roads, yet according to the 2008 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts Report, 762 Americans were killed and 165,000 were injured by drivers who ran red lights in that year alone. More than half of these deaths and injuries were innocent motorists or passengers. The human costs of running a red light are devastating, and the statistics are staggering. More than one-third of people claim to have personally known someone killed in an accident that involved running a red light.[1]

But why do so many drivers  ignore red lights? In general, drivers…

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