Running a Red light
Intersections are the most dangerous place for all motorists, especially motorcyclists. 70% of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. These motorcycle accidents have a much higher risk for serious injuries and death because a motorcyclist’s body is almost entirely exposed to oncoming traffic while passing through an intersection. One of the major causes of accidents at intersections in Arizona is red light running. According to a study by Farmers Insurance Group, Arizona residents are twice as likely to die in a red light running accident than residents of other states. According to the study, there are 7.1 deaths from red light running per 100,000 people in Arizona and 10.8 deaths per 100,000 people in the Phoenix metropolitan area. These statistics on fatalities include all motorists and do not single out motorcyclists in particular. However, when one realises that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in a car accident per mile travelled than passenger car occupants, it is easy to see how dangerous red light running is to Arizona’s motorcyclists.
Accidents Caused by Red Light Running
The most common result of red light running is a side-impact T-bone collision, in which the front end of the car strikes the side of the motorcycle. These accidents are among the most dangerous for motorcyclists because a motorcyclist’s body is openly exposed to the car and absorbs the impact directly. These types of accidents can easily cause broken arms and legs, as well as spinal cord injuries that can lead to paralysis and head injuries that can lead brain trauma. A red light runner can also cause a T-bone accident in the opposite direction, in which the motorcycle hits the side of the car head-on. This can cause the motorcyclist to be thrown over the handlebars and collide with the other vehicle or the pavement. This can easily cause head and spinal cord injuries, among other injuries.
Determining Fault in Red Light Running Accidents
Red light runners often receive citations at the scene of the accident. However, just because a citation was not issued, it does not mean red light running did not occur. If you believe the motorist who struck you ran a red light, and they did not receive a citation, you should contact an Arizona injury lawyer to discuss your case.