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Distracted drivers can put others at risk for getting hurt

| Sep 9, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Driver impairment, excessive speed and running red lights are all common reasons why car accidents occur on Kentucky roadways. In fact, they are among some of the most common reasons why accidents happen on roads across the United States. Nationally, the number of deaths attributed to accidents caused by drivers running red lights jumped 30% from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, there were 939 fatalities caused by drivers who ran red lights, which was the highest total in the past 10 years.

According to the Traffic Safety Culture Index from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 85% of respondents said running a traffic light was dangerous. However, roughly one-third said that they had done so within 30 days of participating in the study. One police chief said that cellphones and other distractions were to blame for such behavior.

Drivers are encouraged to not use their phones while driving and to make it a point to slow down when approaching an intersection. They should also practice defensive driving techniques to ensure that it is clear to proceed after a light turns from red to green. Pedestrians are urged to make eye contact with drivers before crossing streets and to do so in areas that are properly lit. Pedestrians are also encouraged to not wear headphones while trying to cross an intersection.

Individuals who are hurt in motor vehicle accidents may be reimbursed for damages incurred in those crashes. Victims might receive a settlement that includes money to pay medical bills or recover lost wages. An attorney may use video or photographic evidence to show that a distracted driver ran a red light or otherwise failed to exercise care for others. Witness and driver statements may also be used as evidence in a motor vehicle accident case.