Everyone knows that motorists are required by law to come to a complete stop at a red light. Obviously, that’s not always how the situation plays outs. When a driver decides reaching their destination quickly is more important than the safety of other people on the road, it isn’t difficult for a red-light accident to occur.
How Red-Light Crashes Happen and What to Do Next
Because these collisions typically involve one vehicle moving at high speed to run the light, the possibility of sustaining a catastrophic injury is high. Surviving victims will need help protecting their legal rights so a smooth financial recovery takes place alongside any physical recuperation.
That’s why you should have a Pennsylvania car accident attorney investigate the circumstances of your red-light accident. Using sources like employment records, medical documentation, and video footage, your attorney can establish liability and then put a value on your damages.
The liable party in a red light accident may have engaged in acts of negligence such as:
- Aggressive driving and skipping red lights during acts of road rage
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs that impair reaction time and judgement
- Drowsy driving
- Inexperienced drivers improperly handling a blinking red light or a sudden yellow light when they are already near the intersection
- Speeding to skip the red light wait
- Reckless driving during poor weather conditions, which may cause a skid through the intersection
The at-fault party who is responsible for your injury is very likely the driver who ran the red light. There is a possibility that the liable party can be someone else in Philadelphia, however. Depending on who hit you and where the red light was located, the best source of compensation might instead be SEPTA, a rideshare service like Uber, or even a loading crew or repair shop that didn’t perform their duties properly.
Call an Attorney if You Were Hurt in a Red-Light Collision
Were you hurt when a negligent driver ran a red light? Talk to the Heslin Law Firm today about fighting for the full compensation you deserve. Send a message online here for a callback, or call directly to schedule a consultation at 215-332-0300.