Whether you’re driving in South Carolina, Texas or any other state, you are required to come to a complete stop whenever a traffic light is red. Failing to stop is colloquially known as running a red light, and taking this action may result in serious injuries to other drivers or pedestrians.
Pedestrians are at an especially high risk of getting hurt
Pedestrians are generally at a higher risk of getting hurt in an accident because they have less protection against the forces a collision can generate. In most cases, bicyclists have little more than a helmet, elbow pads or other basic equipment to help prevent head, back or other types of injuries. However, those who are struck while walking or jogging may not wear any protective equipment at all.
Individuals in vehicles may also be hurt in a crash
Although they may be better protected than pedestrians, individuals who are riding in a car when an accident occurs may still suffer extensive injuries. This may be especially true if they weren’t wearing seat belts as they could be ejected from their cars. Furthermore, it isn’t uncommon for motorists to be driving their vehicles at high rates of speed while going through a red light. Therefore, the force of a motor vehicle accident will likely be significant enough to cause serious injuries regardless of how prepared you were for impact.
It’s important to pay attention when approaching an intersection
Regardless of what color a traffic light is when you approach an intersection, it’s a good idea to scan the road to determine if it’s safe to go through it. This may help you spot a pedestrian hiding behind a car or a vehicle that isn’t slowing down as it approaches the intersection from a different direction.
If you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident, it’s a good idea to seek treatment as soon as possible. After seeking treatment, it’s generally worthwhile to hire an attorney to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.