Do Yellow Lights Mean Hurry Up or Slow Down?

by Carmen Dellutri on September 6, 2011

Florida car accident attorneyWhen you drive, does a yellow light mean slow down or hurry up? If you answered hurry up, you are not alone. However, you are likely at higher risk for a Florida car accident.

Nonetheless, nearly one in five drivers admit to running a red light in the last ten intersections. The leading excuse given for red light running was neither frustration nor road rage; it was "being in a hurry."

In 2007, almost 900 people were killed and an estimated 153,000 were injured in car accidents that involved red light running.

"This should be viewed as an outrageous epidemic," says Richard Retting, chief traffic engineer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). "We're not talking about a rare illness that requires decades of billion-dollar research to prevent or cure. This is a situation where people are dying from something that's 100 percent preventable."

While photo enforcement through the use of red light cameras has proven effective in reducing the number of accidents (these cameras generally reduce violations by about 40 to 50 percent and injury crashes by 25 to 30 percent), it seems we all could also use an attitude adjustment. Unfortunately, we see the consequences of not running the light—being late for work or picking up our child—as more important than the consequences of running it and possibly injuring ourselves and others.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida car accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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