Even young children know that “red means stop.” Unfortunately, this does not stop some motorists from ignoring traffic signals entirely. This is what seems to have happened the early morning of September 26, 2021 on the West Side of San Antonio. Three people tragically lost their lives and one more was injured after a collision caused by speeding and running a red light. The motorist who caused the crash was found to be under the influence and is currently facing charges for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
Accidents Caused by Running a Red Light
Motorists are required by law to stop completely at red lights and stop signs. Motorists may break the law and fail to stop at a traffic signal for countless reasons, including:
- Intoxication by drugs or alcohol – Motorists who are under the influence may be unaware of their surroundings. They may not even realize that they have run a red light until they collide with another motorist traveling through the intersection.
- Distracted driving – Texting and driving continue to be a major problem in Texas and throughout the United States. A driver who is looking down at their phone may miss a stop sign or red light.
- Willful defiance – Some drivers choose to intentionally run a red light or stop sign. They may be in a hurry to get to work or school or incorrectly assume that running a red light is “no big deal.”
- Misjudging yellow light – Some drivers misjudge the duration of the yellow light and assume that they can clear the intersection before the light turns red.
Legal Options for Victims of Red Light Crashes
Running a red light can have disastrous consequences. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a collision caused by a driver’s failure to obey a traffic signal, contact a car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may be able to hold the irresponsible driver accountable and recover financial compensation for your damages. You could be compensated for the lost wages you suffered while recovering from your injuries, medical expenses, and more. If your loved one was killed in a collision, you could be compensated for your loved one’s lost earning capacity and services, lost inheritance, and more.
Contact a New Braunfels Car Crash Lawyer
If you were hurt or your loved one was killed in a crash caused by running a traffic signal, contact a New Braunfels, Texas car accident injury attorney from The Bettersworth Law Firm. Our team can help you hold the driver accountable and pursue financial recovery. Call 830-443-9193 for a free consultation.