Auto collision with two vehicles stopped at a Sacramento intersection.
Intersection accidents can be costly. In Sacramento, California, a driver recovered more than half a million dollars, from an auto accident.
While two automobiles were both stopped, side-by-side, at a red, the light changed. One driver steered their car directly into the path of the other vehicle causing property damage in the amount of $1,200.00 to Plaintiff’s vehicle and $800.00 to defendant’s vehicle. The Plaintiff also suffered back pain and underwent physical therapy. Eventually, Plaintiff was required to undergo single level disc surgery. Plaintiff’s medical bills were $191,000.00. At a November 2012 trial, Plaintiff was awarded $522,689.00.
Intersection Accidents Frequency
The U.S. Departments Federal Highway Administration recently conducted a study indicating that over 2 million intersection accidents occur each year and that intersection accidents are the cause of 700,000 crash-related injuries and 8,000 traffic fatalities annually.
Sacramento traffic intersection accidents are some of the most severe and often result in catastrophic injuries to the occupants of all vehicles involved. As more and more injuries and fatalities emerge as a result of red light crashes, technology advancements in the form of red light cameras has become standard in many cities, including Sacramento, CA.
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), estimates that about 165,000 people suffer from injuries annually as a direct result of a red light runner.
Some of the most reckless drivers on the road are said to be red light runners. This is because complete disregard of traffic signs and lights indicates that the driver either believes that the rules of the road do not apply to them or that they choose to knowingly disobey the law. In either case, the negligent driver is the cause of injuries and harm to innocent drivers passing through an intersection.
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