When you learn to drive, one of the first things they teach you is to stop at red lights and go on green lights. In fact, parents teach their children this basic safety lesson when they first walk or ride their bikes across the street. Virtually everybody in or around Stuart knows what to do when facing a red light at an intersection.
But still, drivers run red lights all the time, sometimes causing terrible car accidents that badly hurt innocent people. Ignorance is obviously not the cause.
Florida drivers make the top 5 ‘worst red-light runners’
The president of Verra Mobility, a company that makes red-light and speed cameras, believes that distracted driving and recklessness are the two major reasons drivers go through a red light and crash into somebody else. His company recently released a video compilation of the five “worst red-light runners” of 2021. The footage comes from around the country, but Florida residents may not be surprised that two of the clips come from the Sunshine State. You can watch the video here.
In the wrong, whether they meant to or not
It is true that many traffic violations are not deliberate but the result of a driver who isn’t paying attention. Distractions like a cellphone can take a driver’s eyes off the road, so that they don’t notice the light has changed until it is too late. And a driver can choose to go into the intersection against the light, thinking they can beat the crossing traffic, without intending to cause a wreck.
But intent does not matter in Florida personal injury law. What does matter is if the driver who injured you acted negligently. Distracted driving and violating traffic laws are strong indications of negligent disregard for your safety.