A driver hit a parked car after swerving to avoid another car accident. In an odd twist, the SUV she hit landed on top of her vehicle.
The woman was driving her Nissan Maxima on 67th Avenue in Oakland Gardens, Queens when another driver tried to run a red light. Instead of going through the intersection, the red-light runner stopped short in the middle of it, reported the New York Post (10.28.13).
Swerving to avoid the stopped vehicle, the women slammed her Nissan Maxima into the side of a parked Toyota Rav4. The impact caused the hood of her car to become wedged underneath the SUV.
According to the New York Post, many drivers try to beat the light at the intersection where the accident took place. A number of these attempts resulted in car crashes.
New York auto accident injuries and fatalities
Traffic lights were put in place to control the flow of traffic and to stop or slow vehicles in order to avoid crashes. When a driver fails to stop for a red light then serious injuries or death can occur.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 7,700 people died in intersection-related crashes in the United States in a single year. Approximately 10 percent of these deaths in 2008 occurred when a driver ran a red light.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that half of the people who died in accidents involving a red-light runner were not the violators themselves. Pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles were the ones who died due to a negligent driver running a red light.
New York auto accident lawyer vs. red light runners
Typically, people approaching an intersection with a green light assume that they are safe to go. The auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm want to remind motor vehicle operators to use extra caution when approaching an intersection. Driving through a yellow light may cut a few minutes off a trip, but speeding to beat a red signal may also result in a life-changing auto accident. In a worst-case scenario, someone dies.
In most cases, the person who caused the accident will be held responsible for paying for all of the damages that happened because of the accident. Even when the at-fault driver dies in the crash, those injured by the driver’s actions may still be eligible for compensation.
If you, or a loved one, have been hurt in a car accident involving a red light runner, you need an experienced auto accident lawyer who can investigate the facts of the accident and work to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.