This week is National Stop on Red Week. The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running started Stop on Red Week in 2001, in order to promote safe-driving practices.
You may have had a day when you were in a hurry, and the light turned yellow as you approached the intersection. Instead of slowing down to a stop, you sped up, so you could beat the red light. You were still zipping through the intersection when the light changed.
You are not alone. Fifty-six percent of American drivers admit to running red lights. The leading reason: “I was in a hurry.” Many Georgia drivers may not realize that running red lights can be dangerous.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, red-light running is the leading cause of car accidents in urban areas like Atlanta. In 2009, red-light accidents were responsible for 676 deaths and 130,000 injuries in the US. Eighty-eight of the fatal crashes were in Georgia. Each of these deaths could have been prevented if a driver simply stopped.
Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys encourage you to do your part to stop Georgia red-light crashes by following a few easy practices:
- Stop at all red lights.
- If you plan to make a right turn, stop and look before making the turn.
- If a light is yellow, slow down and stop, rather than hurrying through the intersection.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Kaufman Law are dedicated to helping Georgia accident victims who have been injured by reckless or negligent drivers. If you have been injured in a car accident, request a free copy of our book, Hurt in Georgia: An Injury Attorney’s Thoughts on Car Wrecks. To learn how we can help you, call 888-WRECK-404. The initial consultation is free.