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Running Red Lights: Not Worth the Risk

January 2nd, 2019 Car Accident,Driving Safety
Red traffic lights

The hectic pace of modern life brings multiple distractions, as well as a sense of urgency behind the wheel. At Daggett Shuler Law, we see the tragic consequences of distracted driving, drunk driving, and other traffic accidents every day. That is why we encourage safe driving and urge drivers to obey traffic signs and signals at all times. Ultimately, the risk of a dangerous—perhaps even fatal—accident on the road is far too real.

Troublesome Statistics

In 2018, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) states more than 800 people died in traffic collisions caused by drivers who ran red lights. That number represents an increase of 17% since 2012.

The IIHS has also released a crash-test video to demonstrate what could happen in a collision between two vehicles when one driver disobeys a red light. In this side-impact collision, one vehicle does fare better than the other, but the nature of the collision suggests neither driver would simply walk away from the scene. A news article featuring this video clip is available here.

Traffic Signals and North Carolina Law

Section 20-158 of the North Carolina Motor Vehicle Statutes addresses vehicle control signs and signals—including what different traffic-control signs and signals mean and the penalties drivers could face for disobeying them. The full text of this section of the Statutes is available here.

Accidents are Preventable

At Daggett Shuler Law, we know the majority of traffic injuries at fatalities we see could have been avoided. That’s why we urge drivers to keep their eyes on the road at all times, avoid distractions, and remain aware of other drivers on the road. While this cannot prevent all accidents, it can help keep all motorists safer.

We Can Help.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own, contact Daggett Shuler Law for help. An experienced Car Accident Attorney can handle your entire case and work to secure fair and just compensation for you.

If you have questions about a traffic accident, call Daggett Shuler at 800-815-5500. When you call, you will speak with a Winston-Salem, North Carolina Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to secure the compensation you deserve.

Daggett Shuler Law – You Can Depend on Us

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Everyone at Daggett Shuler actually cares about you and makes the whole process less stressful. They explain everything each step of the way and do what they can to make sure you are taken care of. Big thanks to Julie, Pam and Doug!

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