Running Red Light (stop sign accidents)
Helping You Win A Red Light Accident
If both drivers claim a light was green, too often, both insurance companies pay the claims, unless you (or your lawyer) put in the work to make your case. Another driver running a red light or not stopping for a stop sign is a horrible event to go through. You are not alone. We are here to help you through this.
Our experienced attorneys will immediately begin investigating the details of your case. We work hard for you, but we also understand how difficult this time of your life can be. A run red light case needs special attention to detail, and with our courtroom experience, we know exactly how to help you and your family recover from your losses.
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that urban crashes involving drivers who ran red lights, stop signs and other traffic controls were the most common type of crash (22 percent). Injuries occurred in 39 percent of the crashes in which motorists ran traffic controls.
Let’s be clear, proving another car ran a red light is never easy. But it helps to understand how the law in Florida looks at these cases.
How Does the Law Define Running A Red Light?
If a vehicle enters an intersection after a signal light has turned red, that is running the red light. If you happen to be in an intersection when the light changes, that is not running it. In Florida, drivers who fail to come to a complete stop before turning right at a light are red light runners.
The most common excuse a driver has for running a red light is being in a hurry. That is no reason to put you and your loved ones in harm’s way. Many drivers speed up when they approach a yellow light instead of slowing down and preparing to stop. In more recent years, distracted drivers missing a red light is on the rise. Their attention is simply not on the road, because they are talking on a cell phone, texting, rubbernecking, eating or drinking, or adjusting the radio or GPS.
What should you do as a red light victim?
Once the police arrive, they will have questions about your accident. Be honest, but be very clear the other driver ran the light or stop sign. It is okay to say you don’t know something! It is much better to go back and give more information later than to give incorrect information to start with.
Start a notebook. Write down dates, events, and anything that happens to you. You will thank yourself later!
Contact us as soon as you can. Our talented team of attorneys will want to start working on your case immediately. If your insurance company calls you, please do not give them a statement until you have spoken to our team. We are here to help YOU!
Proving Your Case
If there are no witnesses and both drivers report that they had the green light, the investigating officer will likely include in the report that both drivers are at fault. It is still possible to win! In cases like this, you should contact a Florida red light accident attorney like us at Pardy and Rodriguez. We have multiple offices across the state and will work with you and your schedule. We understand that you’re worried about your future and we will do everything we can to get you back on track.
In Florida, running red lights is responsible for more injuries than any other type of car crash.