Stop Light Accident

red traffic lightStoplights help to control traffic. Even with these safety measures in place, some drivers still do not follow traffic light signals. Accidents at intersections happen, especially when drivers run a red light or fail to yield the right of way Stoplight crashes can result in serious injuries to vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

If you’ve been hit and injured at an intersection because someone ran a stoplight, contact William Mattar P.C. today. Our team of experienced car accident attorneys represent injury victims every day, helping them achieve maximum compensation. Don’t suffer alone without the help of a legal professional. Call our offices today to speak to an attorney – just dial (844) 444-4444. We’re standing by 24/7 to help.

Causes of Accidents at Stop Lights

One of the most common causes of stop light accidents is motorists who run red lights. Whether because of impatience or poor judgment, some drivers drive through red lights hoping to avoid stopping at a stoplight. Sadly, this can cause intersection collisions with oncoming vehicles which have just been given the green light and are unaware.

At stoplights, motorists can become distracted and wait too long to slow down or brake at a red light,resulting in a rear-end accident.  If a motorist was following the preceding motorist too closely, that can reduce reaction time and increase the risk of a collision.

Malfunctioning Traffic Light Accidents

Driver error is not the only potential cause of accidents at traffic lights. A faulty traffic light can also cause confusion, resulting in a car accident. If a traffic light loses power because of an electrical outage that can result in confusion – particularly at busy intersections.

A traffic light can also cause a collision if the signals are not coordinated properly, meaning they are not properly calibrated. For example, a traffic light may give motorists conflicting signals at an intersection (i.e., giving two green lights). Drivers in this scenario may obey the signs but still be involved in an accident. In this case, the municipality in charge of the traffic light will likely be liable for the accident.

Who is Responsible for a Stoplight Accident?

Determining who is at fault after a stoplight accident will depend on the circumstances. A driver who runs a stoplight, drives distracted, or otherwise fails to obey traffic signals, thereby causing an accident, likely bears some responsibility for the crash. If a motorist has injured you at a traffic light or intersection, you may have a claim for financial compensation.

Drivers are not the only ones who can be liable for a stoplight accident. Municipalities who fail to ensure that the traffic control signal is properly calibrated can be responsible for resulting accidents as well. In other cases, where a vehicle defect is the cause of the accident (e.g., defective brakes), a vehicle manufacturer could also be liable. Contact us today so we can take a close look at your case.

Let Our Car Accident Attorneys Fight for You

If you have been injured in a stoplight accident and are looking for a lawyer, contact William Mattar, P.C. Our accident attorneys can investigate your case and find out how we can help you achieve maximum compensation. Schedule a free case consultation today by calling (844) 444-4444 or completing our free online form.