With all the driving we do here in California and all the red lights we sit at in traffic, it’s no surprise that being hit at a red light happens all too often.
Most people in California drive a vehicle to work because public transportation isn’t that convenient and so there are millions of cars on the roads every day.
If you have been injured in a red light accident then we suggest you read this article below and contact us today for a FREE consultation.
Don’t wait for your insurance company to help you or give you advice on getting medical care for your injuries etc.
If you’ve been injured you will need a personal injury lawyer that is experienced in dealing with red light car accidents.
Why Contact Law Offices of Daniel Kim
If you have been injured in a car accident at in intersection involving a red light then you will want to get legal help ASAP.
Daniel Kim is a well-known personal injury lawyer here in Southern California that has built a great reputation by taking care of his clients.
It doesn’t matter if you were injured by an Uber driver in Los Angeles or if you were hit by a semi-truck on your way to work, Daniel Kim and his legal team are here to help.
Daniel Kim is a very experienced car accident lawyer (dealt with many red light accidents) that isn’t afraid of the insurance companies and their strong arm tactics.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim won’t accept a quick settlement just so we can get a fast payday.
The insurance companies have their own agenda and yes they care about their customers, but the insurance companies goal is to make money, not pay money out for car accident claims.
Don’t fight the insurance companies alone, instead call us for FREE consultation.
We have over 1000 positive reviews from happy clients on Yelp, FB, and Google.
Our law firm can help anywhere in California, including Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Huntington Beach, etc. etc.
How Much Is My Red Light Accident Settlement Worth
This is of course a very common question for accident victims injured in a red light car accident.
There is not a magic calculator you can use to just type in numbers and get a final settlement number that you will receive.
There are so many factors that go into determining what amount of compensation you will receive, and another important thing to consider is how good is your lawyer at negotiating with the insurance companies.
You have to remember that the insurance companies want to pay the least amount possible when they settle these accident claims, but Daniel Kim is an experienced negotiator.
Daniel Kim and his legal team have settled 100’s of red light car accident cases and we have recovered hundreds of $ Millions for our clients.
Before you hire a personal injury lawyer here in Orange County, make sure they are as qualified as The Law Offices of Daniel Kim to represent you.
It is very stressful and complicated to fight the insurance companies and you don’t want to do it alone.
Your final settlement will include consideration for items listed below:
- Lost wages due to missing work
- Cost of medical care (and any needed future treatment)
- Physical and emotional suffering
- The severity of your injuries
Common Causes From Red Light Accidents
Daniel Kim and his legal team have seen thousands of car accidents over the years that were related to red-light collisions.
After helping all of these clients we have definitely seen come common factors that lead up to these red-light accidents, and we discuss them below.
A driver passes the red light due to inattention or recklessness and crashes into another car on its own green traffic light.
A vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle) is in a hurry to “make the light” while it is yellow and ends up entering the intersection on a red traffic signal light, but there are still other cars turning and (or) driving perpendicular to the driver which leads to a pretty bad car crash.
Bad weather like rain, sun, snow, and icy roads can cause major trouble at red lights.
Another common instance is where a driver thinks they can beat the yellow light, but then they realize they won’t make it so they decide to stop at the red light but can’t stop in time. In this case the car ends up going right through the red light and collides with another vehicle.
Common Injuries From Red Light Accidents
In most red light accidents at an intersection, the first car or vehicle that lawfully entered the intersection on a green or yellow light and gets slammed into by a second vehicle that entered the intersection against a red traffic signal.
Sadly, these type of red light car accidents tend to have pretty bad collisions, with major property damage.
Typically, one or both of the cars gets totaled and the drivers and passengers end up with pretty severe injuries.
Some of the common injuries from red light accidents are –
Neck and whiplash
Red Light Accident Statistics
Based on a report from the NHTSA, in 2014 red light car accident collisions caused 710 fatalities, but the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimated that 165,000 people are injured each year in red light accidents.
Traffic signals have been around for 150 years and Detroit is credited with having the first three-color traffic signal.
According to the United States Access Board, there are more than 300,000 traffic lights in the USA.
A general rule of thumb is that for every 1,000 people living in a city there should be 1 traffic signal.
Legal Liability For Red Light Accidents
For the most part, the driver who entered or crossed into an intersection on a red light is the person who will be placed at fault – but not always.
So if a car is lawfully in the intersection and another driver enters against a red light in turn causing a collision, then the driver ignoring the red light would be at fault.
This is a scenario we see all too often in California as drivers just ignore stop signs and traffic signals.
For complete legal definition The California Vehicle Code Section 21453 has details about red light rules, which states the law in California:
(a) A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b).
(b) Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn, a driver, after stopping as required by subdivision (a), facing a steady circular red signal, may turn right, or turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street. A driver making that turn shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to any vehicle that has approached or is approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard to the driver, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that vehicle until the driver can proceed with reasonable safety.
(c) A driver facing a steady red arrow signal shall not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow and, unless entering the intersection to make a movement permitted by another signal, shall stop at a clearly marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication permitting movement is shown.
(d) Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in Section 21456, a pedestrian facing a steady circular red or red arrow signal shall not enter the roadway
Dealing With The Insurance Companies
After a car accident the first thing you need to do is get medical treatment, and if that means taking an ambulance to the hospital then do it.
Don’t delay getting medical care as it will hurt your injury case later on, and your injuries might get worse if you wait to see a doctor.
Even if you are not at fault for the red light accident, you still want to contact your insurance company because there are certain coverages that you might need to use – like the tow services, etc.
Ideally you will want to hire Daniel Kim as your lawyer before you call your insurance company, this way we can make sure you don’t get yourself into a trap where your insurance company uses your words against you.
You have to remember that insurance companies are not always excited to pay out money on injury claims, so be very careful.
Insurance companies have a process they use to determine who is at fault for car accidents and you can learn more here.