Failure to Stop or Yield at a Red Light

Last updated on: April 7, 2021

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If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident when another driver did not yield at a red light, you may be entitled to compensation. Car accidents can cause massive amounts of damage to a driver’s body and property, and the process of filing a claim can be difficult under such circumstances. You may need help.   

Car accident cases invoke a specific set of statutes and caselaw. These applicable laws can vary significantly by jurisdiction, and your case will have different requirements based on these differences. If you do not understand these laws, it will be difficult to get fair compensation.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free case evaluation with one of our personal injury attorneys. They know how to quickly and fairly resolve your case.


Recent studies indicate that, on average, nearly 100 Americans die every day in an automobile accident. While there are many underlying reasons for these accidents, unsafe or reckless driving is a leading cause of injuries on American roads. Specifically, research shows that unsafe driving is a factor in approximately 33% of fatal U.S. car accidents. Despite the serious consequences of reckless driving, a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety poll indicated that 87% of licensed drivers regularly engage in reckless driving.

Running a run light or failing to properly yield to other vehicles is considered reckless driving in most states. Red light running happens frequently and is often deadly. Red light runners cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. 45% of crashes occur at intersections where someone has a stop sign or red light. In 2019, 846 people were killed in crashes that involved red light running. Another 143,000 people were seriously injured in similar crashes. Over half of the individuals killed or injured at a red light were pedestrians, bicyclists, or people in other vehicles who were hit by the red light runners.  

While some car accidents only cause minor injuries, others can seriously impact an individual’s life and well-being. In the United States, thousands of individuals sustain injuries in accidents every year. Due to the serious consequences of automobile collisions, drivers should pay close attention to red lights and other signage when driving. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, you should contact an injury attorney as soon as possible. If contacted, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you determine the official cause of your accident and seek damages accordingly.


Car accidents can cause a variety of bodily injuries depending on the impact of the accident. Automobile collisions can involve a great deal of force and weight. The direction and amount of force in an accident can cause significant damage to not only the human body but also to the bodies of pets. According to The National Law Review, there are six types of injuries that commonly occur in automobile collisions. These types include the following:

Bruising or Contusions 

Bruises or contusions are common in car accidents. A collision may force you to slam against your seat belt, dashboard, or steering wheel. These sudden instances of impact can cause bruising ranging from mild to severe.


Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash is commonly caused by rear-end car accidents. Most people with whiplash recover after adhering to a treatment and pain management plan. 

Neck or Back Injuries

Intense and rapid impact that occurs during a collision can cause serious damage to a driver’s body. Car accidents can cause neck and back injuries, which may be debilitating or uncomfortable. Specifically, car accident victims commonly suffer from herniations, disc ruptures, and spine injuries. Left untreated, neck and back injuries can develop into permanent disabilities.

Broken Bones

The impact of a collision may cause your body to hit other parts or people within the vehicle. This impact may put your body under significant stress. Broken bones are common injuries resulting out of car accidents. Luckily, broken bones are rarely life-threatening, especially if promptly treated.

Internal Bleeding

Organs are delicate and can be easily damaged in a car accident. Serious car accidents can cause internal organs to bleed, which may amount to a life-threatening injury.

Brain Injuries

During a collision, you may hit your head on parts of your car, causing a concussion or traumatic brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury can change the way your brain functions, handles information, and processes emotions. Prompt treatment for any kind of head injury is crucial. 

Car accidents can cause substantial amounts of damage to a victim’s property and body. Car accident injuries may vary in intensity, permanency, and frequency. Left untreated, these injuries can evolve into life-threatening conditions. If you have been injured in a car accident where another driver ran a red light, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. A medical professional may be able to help you mitigate the long-term effects of your injuries.

do i have a claim?

If you were injured in a car accident, you may be able to file a claim against the responsible party. Depending on the specifics of your traffic accident and injuries, you may be able to seek legal recourse for your damages sustained in the incident. Car accidents have many different causes. One of the most common causes of automobile collisions is avoidable: they did not yield while turning at a red light or stop sign. Traffic signals, including signs and lights, allow for the orderly flow of traffic on roads and highways, making adherence to them of upmost importance.

Your ability to recover from a driver who ran a red light may depend on the specific laws of your jurisdiction. Before fault can be determined in an accident of this type, a thorough investigation must be conducted. If this investigation determines that the responsible driver was the one who ran the red light, you may be able to seek compensation from them for your injuries.

However, liability in a car accident case, even when one driver violated safety protocols, is not always straightforward. Plaintiffs will need to determine if their jurisdiction operates under comparative or contributory negligence theories. Notably, many states consider running a red light negligence per se, which means such acts are usually negligent as a matter of law. Under common law, it is negligence per se to violate a specific statute, code, or ordinance that defines a standard of conduct as it applies to a particular class of people. Many states have designated statutes that prohibit failing to yield or stop at red lights. If your jurisdiction has one of these laws, it may be easier to recover from the guilty party.

A driver who ran a red light may be able to assert a few defenses to excuse their behavior. Examples of defenses include sudden emergencies, unavoidable accidents, or contributory negligence.

In addition to research on your jurisdiction’s general accident statutes, you should also determine your area’s statute of limitations. These laws limit the amount of time you have to file a complaint after an accident. If you do not file your case within that timeframe, you may lose your chance to file altogether.

Conducting and collecting research on car accidents can be difficult, especially for a victim who is still recovering from an accident. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. If contacted, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you determine the specific laws applicable in your jurisdiction.

how much is my claim worth?

Unfortunately, car accidents can cost drivers substantial amounts of time, money, and effort. According to experts, a fatal car accident in the United States can cost upwards of $1,410,000 per death. An accident with a non-fatal disabling injury, on average, costs $78,900, while an accident with non-disabling injuries typically costs at least $10,000, depending on the insurance and claims of the involved parties. Car accidents are not cheap, regardless of their specifics. 

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is critical that you discuss your options with a professional and determine what minimum amount you would be willing to accept before entering any negotiation room. Insurance adjusters are skilled at mitigating their company’s responsibility. Your insurance company will try to pay you the least amount possible. Unfortunately, this may leave you with unresolved damages and bills. When determining what your claim is worth, there are a few factors that you should consider:

  • Actions of the responsible driver
  • Associated trauma
  • Cause of the accident
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent bodily harm
  • Physical injuries
  • Resulting medical bills
  • Vehicle damage
  • Your mitigation efforts

While this list of factors is not exhaustive, it may serve as a helpful starting point for your calculations. Calculating damages in a car accident case can be a daunting task. An experienced car accident attorney may be able to help you calculate these damages and get the highest offer possible.

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Car accident cases can require extensive legal research and analysis. There are many different causes of car accidents, including running or failing to yield to a red light. In these accident claims, it is imperative that the victim show that the defendant was responsible for the collision. The requirements of your claim may vary depending on your jurisdiction.

If you or a loved one was recently injured in a car accident where another driver failed to stop at a red light, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced injury attorney may be able to help you pursue legal recourse, evaluate your claim, and seek appropriate compensation for your injuries.

At Zinda Law Group, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue the highest compensation possible. Zinda Law Group may be able to provide you with personalized and quality consultation about the specifics of your legal claim. The sooner you contact our office, the better we may be able to serve you.

If you or your loved one sustained injuries in a car accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

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