Failing to stop at a stop light or stop sign is an element of reckless or aggressive driving. Even if someone is negligent and drives through a stop light because they are exhausted, this is still considered reckless because they should not be driving when tired. Failure to stop or yield when legally required is a major issue in relation to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents. These type of crashes are a result of willful and deliberate misconduct. If you have been in a car accident because someone deliberately sped through a traffic signal or sign, you may want to reach out to a skilled car accident attorney today to understand your options.
When examining a situation of reckless driving, remember:
Reckless driving is not an element of negligence; it is purposeful. People make mistakes and these are often excusable; however, reckless driving is a complete disregard for other travelers’ safety and the driver who caused the accident needs to be held responsible for the detriment they catalyzed.
Aggressive driving is dangerous. If a driver fails to stop when legally required, it is their fault if an accident occurs. Aggressive driving can cause extreme injury or even lead to a fatality.
Insurance companies are not your friends. If insurance companies are attempting to pass off your suffering because they claim the other driver was purely negligent, they are wrong. If a driver is reckless and runs through a stop sign and then collides into your car, they are at fault. Steinberg Law Firm fights for its clients justice and obtain the compensation they deserve.
Running through a red light can be caused by a driver speeding up at a yellow light or when a driver is too distracted to see that the light is red. Injuries from these types of accidents can be extremely devastating because drivers that run through red lights may be going extremely fast when they hit a vehicle moving the opposite direction. Even urban speeds ranging from 25 to 40 miles per hour can cause harmful injury. Drivers may also assume the vehicle in front of them is going to go through a yellow light and then rear-end them when they stop.
Bicyclists and pedestrians can also be hit when a vehicle goes through a red light or a stop sign. They can easily be struck when crossing the street at the opposite direction of the motorist. In any situation of a red-light or stop sign accident, a collision that results in personal injury can be traumatizing for everyone involved.
Determining fault can be difficult in a car accident, but most likely there was a witness who was a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist at the time of the accident. Red light cameras can also explain an accident and determine who was at fault. However, it may be difficult to prove fault if there were no reliable witnesses or a red light camera. In these cases, it is important to have a skilled attorney by your side so you can understand your rights and have legal support to receive the compensation you deserve.
If you are a victim of a failure to stop car accident, you may be able to collect compensation for damages including past and future medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. Reach out to a skilled car accident attorney today with Steinberg Law Firm to better understand your situation and get the experienced legal help you need.