Columbus Red Light Intersection Accident Lawyers

At Heit Law, LLC, Corey Heit understands how difficult suffering a personal injury due to the negligence of another person can be as an experienced attorney. Following a red light accident, whether you were a pedestrian or even another driver who was hit, you may be reeling from the sudden injuries and changes to your life.

A red light collision can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating to you, especially as they most often happen out of nowhere. Following an accident where another person has run a red light and caused harm to you, you have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims can often be complex.

To help you navigate the legal process of filing a personal injury claim, working with a Columbus red light intersection accident lawyer can be extremely beneficial to you. Corey Heit brings careful attention to each case he takes on, working to ensure that you receive the maximum settlement that you are entitled to. What happens if you run a red light and caused an accident

What is a Red Light Car Accident?

A red light car accident can occur when a vehicle enters an intersection any time after the signal light has turned red. Running a red light is one of the most common causes of a car accident in an intersection. And typically, the red light runner will be considered the liable party in these instances.

Liability will be determined during the legal proceedings for your case and will often be determined based on a driver’s duty of care and whether or not that duty was breached.

For specific questions about the potentially liable party in relation to your claim, be sure to speak with a Columbus red light accident attorney. Corey Heit can answer your questions and provide you with legal guidance during an initial consultation.

Red Light Collisions: The Facts

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), red-light runners can cause thousands of injuries on a yearly basis. Some accidents even result in the death of victims. An estimated 116,000 people were injured in 2020 alone by red light accidents.

A AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (FTS)study found some key findings about red light accident fatalities between 2008 to 2017, where red light accident deaths were at a 10-year high.

  • 2017 was a 10-year high for red light accident deaths. 715 people were killed in 2017, which was a 31% increase from a low in 2009.
  • Drivers and passengers in motor vehicles made up more than half of the number of deaths found, with 35% of those deaths being of the driver who ran the red light.
  • 5% of fatalities were found to involve pedestrians or bicyclists.

And in AAA FTS’ 2020 Traffic Safety Culture Index, which provides insights on public engagement with unsafe driving behaviors, they found that 85% of respondents viewed driving through a red light as “extremely or very dangerous.”

What to Know About Ohio’s Red Light Law

While there are a number of different laws that can be relevant to a red light traffic accident, Ohio’s red light law is an important one to understand. Initially passed in December 2016, this law allows drivers to pass through red lights if they believe that the traffic light is malfunctioning.

A malfunctioning light may be considered, according to Section 4511.132 of the Ohio Revised Code, as:

  • Showing no colored lights or colored arrows
  • Exhibiting a combination of lights or arrows that fails to indicate in a clear manner the right-of-way

Drivers must stop at the marked stop line, before the crosswalk, or before entering the intersection while yielding the right-of-way to all vehicles if they will pose an immediate hazard. This law requires drivers to operate with ordinary care while they move through the intersection.

This particular law has seen pushback from drivers in Ohio.

This law can be confusing, especially when trying to determine the liability of a driver. Consult with a Columbus red light accident attorney after your accident to help clear up confusion around this law. We will be able to look over the details of your case and figure out if this law is relevant to your situation.

Speak with a Columbus Red Light Accident Attorney About Your Accident

If you or a loved one has been involved in a red light accident, you are undoubtedly dealing with the stressful aftermath of the accident. That may involve recovering from your injuries and trying to figure out what to do next.

We understand how difficult it can be trying to handle the aftermath of a red light accident, especially when you have injuries to contend with. Here at Heit Law, LLC, we are ready to dedicate our resources to investigating your claim, collecting relevant evidence, and completing fully exhaustive legal research in relation to your case so you can focus on your recovery completely.

Corey Heit is an experienced Columbus red light accident attorney who will provide your case with the personal attention it deserves.

To connect with our experienced Columbus red light intersection accident lawyer, you can contact us over the phone at 614-898-5300 or through our contact form to schedule a consultation. All consultations are free and completely confidential.

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