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25 Crash Causes: Running Red Lights

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Top 25 Causes of Car Crashes


It is not uncommon for drivers to feel the temptation to speed past a red traffic light at an intersection, especially when they’re in a rush or if the light abruptly changes colors. Although running a red light is a minor traffic offense, it can still result in a serious car accident or pedestrian collision.

Under Illinois law, the penalty for not fully stopping at a red light can range from $100 to 500 in fines. In addition, if a local police officer issues the ticket, then the offender can also receive up to 20 points on his or her license for a moving violation.

Other red light violations involve making illegal turns at a stoplight. Typically, it is safe to turn right on red unless there is a clear sign prohibiting the act. Illinois also permits left turns on red when the origin and destination streets are one way. However, disobeying turn-on-red rules can also lead to a traffic conviction.

Running a red light is among the top causes of car crashes. If you’ve been injured because another driver failed to stop for a red light, a firm of skilled Chicago personal injury attorneys can discuss whether you might have a claim for compensation.

Red Light Camera Enforcement

In 2003, Chicago instituted its Red Light Camera Enforcement program to reduce the rate of dangerous crashes, in particular, ‘T-bone’ collisions between two vehicles at major intersections. Because angle collisions are identified as the type of auto accident most likely to cause fatalities, lawmakers intended to devise a system to specifically address this problem.

The cameras are designed to compel more individuals to comply with traffic signals, thus decreasing the probability of car accident injury. Subsequent crash reports demonstrate that traffic cameras have reduced T-bone crashes by approximately 40 percent, and all intersection accidents by 30 percent.

Illinois law requires every monitored intersection to be equipped with a visible sign that discloses the presence of cameras to approaching drivers (625 ILCS 5/11-208.6). Photo traffic citations are issued by mail and usually charge a fine of $100.

How Our Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help

Even though the Department of Transportation has implemented successful efforts in reducing the frequency of serious car crashes, auto accidents can nevertheless cause severe or fatal injuries. If another driver ran a red traffic light and hit your vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.

At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we value the rights and protection of car accident victims. Our experienced team of Chicago personal injury attorneys has assisted victims from all walks of life on their rehabilitation journey in the aftermath of a tragic incident.

When you come to us for help with your personal injury case, we will start by first evaluating your case and assessing the available evidence against the liable party. We take care of gathering medical records, legal documents, and corroborating testimony. Once all the paperwork is in order, our skilled Chicago personal injury attorneys will work with you to file a legal claim and negotiate a fair settlement.

The compensation you receive can help cover the cost of medical treatment, hospital visits, physical therapy, car repair bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses.

Don’t hesitate to contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free consultation. We will be happy to address any legal questions you may have and discuss all of your options.

Don’t miss this article: Top 25 Causes of Car Accidents and What You Can Do To Prevent Them. For this month of October, the Illinois attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will be developing a blog series breaking down these leading causes of car crashes.

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