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The dangers of red-light running in Tennessee

It has happened to most Tennesseans. We are driving home, running late for work or trying to reach a gathering with friends, when we encounter a green traffic light turning yellow. Some Tennesseans hit the accelerator, in an attempt to beat the red light, while others safely come to a stop. Yet, some try to beat the yellow light and fail, or neglect to see the yellow light to begin with and blow through the intersection. When this happens, other motorists can be significantly injured or killed.

Red-light running is a serious safety concern. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) consistently reports millions of intersection accidents each year, with many of them being caused by red-light running. In fact, hundreds of deaths each year are attributed to this violation, and the NHTSA estimates that 165,000 individuals are injured each year as a result of drivers failing to stop at red lights.

In recent years, many cities and states have tried to curtail the number of red-light offenders. Red-light cameras, increased fines and delayed signals have all played a role. But, tragically, crashes caused by those who fail to stop at red lights continue, leaving far too many with extensive physical, emotional and financial losses.

Since rules and regulations regarding traffic safety have failed to keep these motorists free from harm, those who have been hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent driver may want to think about the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit against that driver. Succeeding on a claim, whether through negotiation or litigation, could result in the recovery of compensation. These monetary awards may help the victim recoup his or her losses and also shine a light on the dangers of running a red light. Perhaps then motorists will be more attentive and choose to stop when the light turns yellow, rather than trying to outrun it.

Source:, "Red-Light Running," accessed on Sept. 11, 2015

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