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What Happens After A Red Light Running-Related Crash?


Oregon car accidents can occur for many reasons, including speeding, driving while intoxicated, drowsy driving, distracted driving, disobeying the rules of the road, and more. Running a red light is an example of a dangerous act while driving that disobeys the rules of the road.

 No one wants to be stopped during their trip for red lights. However, red lights serve a very important purpose to keep us safe and to keep traffic organized. A driver who ignores the red light or misses it can cause a car accident that can result in catastrophic destruction.

 Running a red light is dangerous not only for a driver and their passenger but also for anyone else on the road, including other cars and pedestrians. When a driver does not stop for a red light but speeds through it, this is a negligent act, and as such, if they hit you, you may be able to file an injury claim against them for the damages you suffered.

 For more information on what to do and how to file an injury claim in Oregon, the Portland car accident attorneys at Rosenbaum Law Group can help you take the next step and hold liable parties accountable for the financial compensation you are owed.

 Holding Red Light Runners Accountable 

Running a red light is very dangerous, yet so many drivers do it. Every year, hundreds of lives are lost in unnecessary crashes due to the recklessness of drivers who think they are above the law and don’t have to obey traffic signals. The Federal Highway Administration says that drivers and their passengers are more likely to be in an accident and injured in a red-light-related crash than in any other type of crash.

 The use of red light cameras is one method that is used to motivate people to pay attention to the lights and stop when they see red. In fact, when studying the use of red-light cameras, infractions of the laws are reduced by as much as 40% where cameras have been implemented. According to the data, where red light cameras exist, the persistence of red-light running is substantially lower than where they are not present.

 Where car accidents occur due to a driver violating the rules of the road and traffic laws, determining liability can be a little easier. That is to say that while all drivers involved may have some amount of responsibility for causing an accident, the driver who runs a red light, for example, will most likely have the most fault. In Oregon, anyone who is not 50% or more responsible for causing a crash can recover some amount of damages.

 Speak to an Oregon Car Accident Attorney Today 

There is no excuse that is good enough for running a red light and causing a crash that harms others. If you were hurt in a car accident as a result of the negligence of another driver, call a Portland, OR, personal injury attorney at Rosenbaum Law Group at (503) 288-8000 to schedule a free consultation where you can discuss your case.



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