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Rate of negligent drivers running through red lights is rising

When a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she is responsible for the choices made while driving. Each person bears the burden of being attentive and cautious while driving, doing everything possible to avoid a collision. When a Florida driver focuses on something else, even for a second, the results can be catastrophic.

One of the possible consequences of inattentiveness behind the wheel is running through red lights. In fact, the number of accidents caused by this error is on the rise, and it is quickly becoming one of the leading types of motor vehicle collisions. Some people believe this trend is because of distracted driving, but no matter the reason, red light accidents are a cause of major concern.

A bigger problem than many realize

Running through red lights is a safety concern that is more prominent than many realize. Statistics from 2017 reveal that these types of accidents are at an all-time high. From 2009 to 2017, the number of fatalities that are a result of this type of crash are up by 31%. Between 900 and 950 people died in 2017 because someone drove through an intersection at the wrong time. 

As you can see, the numbers point to a clear safety concern and growing problem. Like many others, you may wonder what the cause is behind the sharp increase in these types of accidents. Some believe that more drivers are dealing with distractions than ever before, and distracted drivers are more likely to run through red lights than other motorists. Another factor may be that people are driving more than they were in the past.

The devastating impact

Accidents at intersections may happen at lower rates of speed than interstate accidents, but the consequences can be just as detrimental. In some cases, however, a person can drive through an intersection without even slowing down. No matter how fast a person is driving, he or she is capable of causing significant damage if distracted.

Whether a person is looking at his or her phone, driving too fast or is simply inexperienced, the consequences of a red-light accident can be serious -- even deadly. If you are the victim of an accident that took place at an intersection, you may want to explore the possibility of seeking compensation through a personal injury claim. This can allow you to recoup some of your losses, including medical bills and lost wages. 

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