Save Lives and Money By Stopping at Red Lights
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 1.8 million intersection crashes occur each year, costing more than $7 billion and resulting in more than 1,000 deaths.
On April 7, 2009, Jamie, a 39 year-old-wife and mother of two, was on her way home from work when her life changed forever. Another driver ran a red light and crashed into the back of her vehicle. The crash caused her car to spin 360 degrees. An independent witness confirmed the other driver ran the red light and did not so much as hit his brakes or take any evasive action to avoid this crash. The victim suffered neck and upper back injuries, as well as a closed head injury. Having gone through months of physical therapy, she eventually ended up having a two-level fusion surgery to her neck. She now has a metal plate and screws in her neck. She continues to experience neck pain on an almost daily basis. She also suffers from memory loss and dizziness, as well as from post-concussion syndrome, which is a mild form of traumatic brain injury sometimes referred to as “shell shock.”LaBovick Law Group filed suit against the at-fault driver for the plaintiff’s injuries.
Liability was not an issue in this case, and the defendant attempted to downplay the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. The defendant tried to argue the plaintiff’s current condition was related to her neck-pain treatment fours prior and not related to this horrific crash. After litigating the case for almost a year and just weeks before the case was set for trial, LaBovick Law Group settled on the case behalf of Jamie for $500,000. With this settlement, the client will be able to pay off the mortgage on her house and have money for her children’s college education.
More red-light-running facts from the FHWA:
- In 2000, there were 106,000 red-light-running crashes that resulted in 1,036 fatalities.
- Overall, 55.8% of Americans admit to running red lights. Yet, 96 % of drivers fear they will get hit by a red-light runner when they enter an intersection.
- One in three people claim they know someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light-running crash — similar to the percentage of people who know someone who was killed or injured by a drunk driver.
- About 21% said they felt that drunk-driving incidents are decreasing, but only six% felt that red-light-running incidents were decreasing.
- Red-light runners do not conform to a set demographic. This dangerous practice reaches across drivers of all ages, economic groups and gender. The perpetrators are everyday people: professionals, blue-collar workers, the unemployed, homemakers, parents and young adults.