The urge to hurry through a yellow light, risking the chance of actually running the red light, is a bad habit for many people. Few drivers, however, think of the potentially severe consequences that can result from such behavior. Whether inattention or disregard for traffic signals is to blame, one driver can risk many lives by driving carelessly.
In a recent accident in Bedford, Pennsylvania, after failing to stop at a red light, the driver of one car crashed into a second car that was moving through the intersection. All four occupants of the first vehicle were partially or fully thrown from the car; none of them were wearing seatbelts. One passenger of the first vehicle did not survive the crash. The driver of the second car suffered only minor injuries.
It is possible that the driver failing to stop for the red light could be found negligent, and be held liable to the victims for the resulting damages. To protect themselves and others, drivers are expected to operate their cars with reasonable care and any failure to do so can result in negligence and accompanying liability. Examples of negligence include failing to obey traffic signals, speeding or driving inappropriately for the weather.
Examples of damages a negligent driver may be held liable for include victims’ medical expenses, pain and suffering and damage to vehicles or property. A personal injury attorney can provide further information to auto accident victims about potential claims, sources of compensation and ways to hold those responsible for their injuries accountable.
Source: Cumberland Times-News, “26-year-old Bedford woman killed in two-vehicle crash,” Sept. 14, 2012
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