Driving is a privilege and not a right. You can hear this sentiment out of the mouths of parents with teens just approved to drive. Parents relentlessly tell their children about the dangers of driving, but is it really the teenage drivers that we should be worried about? The answer is yes. Our Car Accident Attorneys at JML Law have experienced almost every age group in association with a car accident. Drivers who are between the ages of 16-19 have the highest chance of getting into an accident. In a study distributed by RAND Corporation, it was proven that young drivers between the ages of 15-24 cause 43% of all two-car accidents even though they only represent 13% of the driving population. This startling statistic should tell you that young people need to learn how to drive with caution.
Red Light Errors
The RAND Corporation also suggested that because young drivers are more apt to driver more miles and drive more at night. These two combined prove that young drivers are more likely to get into an accident. Young drivers driver more because it is new to them and they want to enjoy the freedom of the open road. This freedom comes with a price. A young driver understood that price when he ran a red light at the end of 2018.
Running red lights is not the most common reason for an accident. However, it is one of the more dangerous ways to get into an accident. According to the National Center for Statistic and Analysis, around 720 people died in the United States every year. That is almost 2 people every day or 60 people a month. Over 126,000 people were injured due to running a red light. Between 2011 and 2015, communities paid up to $336 million for red light fatalities. There is no real reason for a person to run a red light unless the driver is distracted, drowsy, drunk, willingly runs it, or makes a poor judgment.
In the intersection of Chicago and Linden St, one passenger died and two drivers severely injured due to a driver running a red light. The 20-year old male driver of a Hyundai ran a red light at a high sped and crashed into an oncoming vehicle. The Hyundai then hit a palm tree which then hit a power line which caused the power to go out for 500 residents. The passenger who died was the passenger of the car who ran the red light. The driver of the car that was struck was taken for minor injuries.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is injured because someone ran a red light then you need to speak with our Riverside Car Accident Attorneys at JML Law. We can help ensure that you are getting fairly compensated for the injuries you sustained from the accident. Car accidents happen, but injuries are costly to you and your family. Call 818-610-8800 or click here for a free consultation with our professional attorneys at JML Law in Riverside today.