It’s a bit jarring any time you see someone run a red light. You can just tell how dangerous it is. This is true even when they just try to speed up and beat the yellow light, but it’s especially frightening when you see someone intentionally drive through a light that has been red for a few seconds.
As you likely know, many car accidents are caused by red-light runners every single year. Hundreds of people lose their lives in these crashes, with thousands of other injuries besides. What is interesting is that the statistics show that it is others who are in greater danger than the drivers who actually run the red lights.
Considering the fatality rates
To see how this works, just look at the percentage of fatalities in different categories. They can be broken down as follows:
- 5% – Cyclists or pedestrians
- 35% – The drivers who ran the red lights46% – People in other vehicles or passengers in cars running the light
Of course, the goal is to have zero fatalities in any of these categories. It is still tragic when someone runs a red light and causes fatal injuries to themselves. But it’s also worth understanding that the greatest risk is to those who haven’t even made a mistake. In other words, you can always respect traffic lights and follow the rules perfectly, and you could still be seriously injured or even killed by someone else who either negligently broke the law or intentionally ran that red light.
If you have been injured or if you’ve lost a loved one due to another driver’s reckless or foolish mistake, then you need to make sure you understand all of the legal options at your disposal.