Most people understand that intersections are dangerous, and that’s why there are so many controls that are in place around them. This is especially true in cities or at intersections that are high in traffic volume. If even one person makes a mistake in this driving environment, disaster can result quickly and before anyone even realizes what is happening. Given this reality, cities across the country are stepping up their enforcement of traffic laws in these areas by way of traffic light cameras and other efforts. The hope is that these steps will bring down the number of people who are injured and killed in crashes that occur at intersections.
Unfortunately, there have been studies done based on the ability of people to see what’s actually happening at these intersections, and the results are not positive for people who are concerned with safety. One such study was recently completed by the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) and FocusDriven, and these safety advocacy groups reviewed the statistics relating to over 100 traffic light cameras in 19 cities over a three-month period. The statistics that they formulated were nothing short of stunning.
According to their results, which were then expanded to take the entire country into account, tens of millions of people run through red lights in the United States every year. In addition, approximately 12 percent of those people made this mistake because they were distracted while behind the wheel. That worked out to be more than 7 million instances of running through red lights in the United States every year because of distractions caused by cell phones and other devices.
Clearly, this is a statistic that should prompt everyone who sees it to take some time to examine their own driving habits. Many of us drive distracted without even realizing it, and most of us do not intend to do so on a regular basis. Regardless, it obviously still happens at a very high rate and it’s something that most likely leads to a very high number of injuries and fatalities. Distracted driving has always been one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States regardless of where these crashes occur.
Hopefully this type of a study will lead to stronger enforcement of the laws that govern these situations. Unless or until that happens, however, people who are injured and family members of people who are killed still need to take steps to protect their own legal rights. The best way to hold someone responsible for this type of harm accountable is to file a lawsuit and to recover damages for the losses that have been incurred.
If you or someone you love has suffered because of a crash caused by a distracted driver, contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation. You need to know as much as possible about your legal rights and options.