What Happens if Someone Ran a Red Light in New York

by William Mattar | May 12th, 2022

Red Light CameraVehicle and Traffic Law 1111(d) provides that a failure to stop at a red light is against the law. If you were injured by a motorist who ran a red light, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.

A car accident attorney can help you assemble evidence to help prove that the motorist violated the law, and receive compensation for your injuries. 

What Are the Consequences of Running a Red Light in New York?

The potential consequences of running a red light in New York can vary depending on the severity of the violation and other surrounding circumstances. If the violation results in serious personal injury to a pedestrian or motorist, the motorist who failed to stop at the red light can face potential civil liability.

This is the case even if the injured pedestrian or motorist also bears some fault in the happening of the accident.

New York is a “comparative fault” jurisdiction, meaning that even if the injured person engaged in conduct that contributed to the accident, that is no bar to recovery. Such culpable conduct would only reduce the amount of the recovery.  For example, if the injured person has a “comparative fault” of 50%, meaning that he or she has a proportional fault in that amount, the recovery for pain and suffering would be reduced by that same proportion.

There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, and an attorney familiar with the facts of a particular case can discuss when it applies.

What Can You Do if Someone Ran a Red Light and Hit You?

If you are injured in a car accident caused by someone running a red light, you should consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney. A car accident attorney can help you understand your rights and options and can help you file a claim against the other driver.

You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Hurt in a Car? Call William Mattar

If you would like more assistance, you may contact William Mattar, P.C. at (844) 444-4444 to speak to an experienced car accident attorney. We have a team of seasoned attorneys that are ready to fight for you.