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Dangers of running red lights in California

Each year, many people are injured or killed in accidents resulting from drivers running red lights. The problem is considered to be a serious concern for safety at intersections nationwide.

According to a 2008 report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, 2.3 million crashes happened in intersections in that year alone. In these accidents, 733,000 people were injured and 7,770 people were killed. Nearly 10 percent of the deaths were attributed to a driver's running a red light. Each year, an estimated 165,000 people are injured in accidents caused by drivers running red lights.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that half of those injured or killed in red light-running accidents are people who are not the violating driver. They include people in other vehicles and pedestrians who are struck as they proceed through the intersection. In one NHTSA survey, 97 percent of people reported they feel that running red lights is a serious safety concern that needs to be addressed. In another survey conducted by Old Dominion University, one in three respondents reported knowing another person who had died or had been injured because a driver ran a red light.

When drivers run a red light, they risk not only causing a car crash but also causing serious injury or death to themselves and others. A person who has been injured in such an accident, or the surviving family members of a person who has been killed, may want to have the assistance of a personal injury attorney in seeking applicable financial damages from the at-fault motorist.

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