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Serious crashes can happen when someone runs a red light

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2024 | Car Accidents

Each year, people in Ohio are involved in accidents related to another driver running a red light. The seriousness of these accidents varies greatly based on the speed of both vehicles and other factors. But often, the impact of a crash that happens in an intersection where someone ran a red light can leave the occupants in the other vehicle with severe injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident where another driver ran a red light, you have the right to pursue compensation from that driver to help you pay for your injury-related expenses.  

Running a red light is dangerous 

Drivers are not permitted to enter an intersection anytime after the applicable traffic light has turned red. When drivers do not obey red light-related laws, they put others in danger. Pedestrians may be rightfully using crossing walks assuming that drivers are going to obey the light and stop. Other vehicles traveling through the intersection lawfully can be struck by a driver running a red light.  

In areas where it is permitted to turn right on red, a driver is still supposed to a complete stop and yield to other drivers who may be turning on green. Safety cameras may be used at some intersections to help prevent accidents or to provide video evidence if an accident does occur. If you were injured in an area where cameras were recording, you may request that footage be used as evidence if you decide to file a lawsuit against the driver at fault.  

Seek legal advice 

Ohio victims of motor vehicle accidents related to driver negligence have a right to seek compensation. Serious injuries may leave you with the inability to return to work, plus the expenses associated with medical care. By seeking advice from an attorney, you can know what your options are.