Red-Light Running - A Common Cause of Devastating Motorcycle AccidentsOctober 11, 2021 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries are caused by red-light runners in the United States. Some of those tragically killed are motorcyclists who have very little protection. Red-light running also causes more significant motorcyclist injuries than other accidents because drivers typically move through intersections at a higher rate of speed when they are trying to beat a red light. Most red-light accidents are “T-bone” accidents. These are angular accidents causing severe injuries and even fatalities because there are no “crumple zones” on the sides of vehicles, as there may be in the front or back.
Florida law treats red-light running as aggressive driving, and about 56 percent of drivers admit to running red lights some of the time. Authorities find that some red-light runners “zone out” on long trips, are distracted by devices and/or passengers, or are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The IIHS says, “In locations where a right turn on red is permitted, drivers who fail to come to a complete stop before turning may be considered red-light runners. Violations also include people turning right on red at intersections where doing so is prohibited.”
Motorcyclists have the right to expect others occupying the road to abide by Florida traffic control devices and regulations. When they do not, motorcyclists may suffer devastating and life-changing personal injuries.
Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says, “If you or a loved one is injured in a red-light-running accident caused by another driver, please contact our motorcycle accident team after seeking medical attention. We have the expertise and experience to assist you. When we take your case, we recommend certain steps to take to give yourself the best chance of recovering the maximum compensation for such things as:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses incurred because of the accident
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of the enjoyment of life”
Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board-Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.