More drivers are running red lights than they have since 2008, according to a study by AAA. In 2017, 939 individuals were killed by drivers who ran red lights, according to the agency’s recent study that was conducted using government crash data. That number is a 12 percent increase from 2012.
To put this in perspective, it means two people in the country die every day from this negligent behavior. Although the statistics are grim, they illustrate why drivers need to proceed with care and pay attention to all traffic signs and signals.
If you or a family member has been hurt in a red light accident, please contact The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian today. We can explain your legal rights and help you demand the compensation you deserve.
Car Accident Death Statistics
Drivers who run red lights are a problem throughout the country, and Texas is no exception. However, the stats show that generally speaking, the number of auto accident fatalities has dropped across the Lone Star State.
In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, statistics about car accident deaths in Texas show that in 2017:
- The car accident fatality rate dropped to 1.37 deaths per hundred million miles traveled. That was a drop of 2.14 percent from 2016.
- Fatalities are most likely to occur in rural areas, with 52.37 percent of all fatalities occurring on country and back roads.
- 1,311 deaths involved single vehicles that ran off the road.
- 553 people were killed in head-on collisions.
- Only one crash resulted in six or more deaths.
- One person was killed in a crash every 2 hours and 21 minutes.
- Of all fatalities, 39.98 percent of individuals were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
The statistics are startling and show just how dangerous the roads in Texas can be. While the number of fatalities may have declined, there is clearly still room for improvement.
What to Do If You Have Lost a Loved One in a Red Light Crash
Losing a loved one in a car accident is devastating. Although it can be difficult to think about pursuing compensation during such a traumatic time, family members should take certain steps to protect their rights.
- Save any evidence: This may include medical records for your loved one, the crash report from the scene, and any information you have related to the accident.
- Do not speak to the insurance company: The insurance adjuster is working to protect the insurance company, not your family. Do not give a recorded statement or accept a payment without consulting an attorney.
- Contact an attorney: Wrongful death claims are extremely complicated, but an experienced attorney can help you through the entire process and take the pressure off your family.
Losing a loved one is difficult, but if someone else was at fault for the crash, your family should not have to face the financial burdens associated with such a terrible loss. Filing a wrongful death claim cannot bring your loved one back. However, it can make it easier to deal with the financial challenges you are facing.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney Today
At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, we understand how devastating it is to lose someone you love in a car accident. During your time of grief, you’ll face unexpected expenses such as funeral and burial costs. Your household may have also lost an income, making it even more difficult to pay for these expenses.
Our Houston wrongful death lawyers know what a challenging time this is for you. That’s why we’re prepared to handle every aspect of your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve. If you’ve lost someone, contact us today for your free consultation.