A green traffic light is intended to control traffic. That should, in theory, keep people like you safe at intersections. If everyone simply follows the rules of the road, everyone can proceed through the intersection without incident.
However, remember that it is just a light. It doesn’t actually keep you safe at all. It doesn’t stop oncoming cars, nor does it force drivers to follow the rules. This is why intersections are one of the most dangerous places you can drive.
How many people run red lights?
Exactly how many people run red lights is hard to determine. When polled, most drivers admit to having done it. But not all red-light-runners are caught. Many incidents happen at rural stoplights with no one else around, for instance, so there’s no strict evidence of how often they do it.
What we can look at, though, is the impact this has. Each day, roughly two people are hit at red lights and pass away from their injuries. Many more survive those injuries, even though some of them are serious, life-changing issues. For instance, drivers suffer from traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
And this is a daily toll. For the entire year, you have hundreds of lives being lost in these accidents and thousands upon thousands of moderate to severe injuries.
Have you been injured by an errant driver?
Knowing the risks can help you stay safe. It can help you be vigilant and look for risks, even when you have the green light. But nothing prevents all accidents. If you’ve been injured, you may need to seek financial compensation for your losses.