Running Red Light and Stop Sign Car Accidents
Some of the most common car accidents in Seattle and Kirkland occur when someone runs a red light or stop sign. Many of these car accidents in Seattle and Kirkland occur in busy intersections when cars and trucks and SUVs are traveling high rates of speed, which makes the accidents much more serious and deadly.
If you have been hit by someone who ran a red light or stop sign, then there are certain steps that you must take in order to make sure you have a viable claim that can be presented to an insurance company or in court, if that becomes necessary.Washington State Red Light and Stop Sign Car Accident Laws
Washington State has very specific and protective laws when it comes to red lights and stop signs. RCW 46.61.190 states:
(1) Preferential right-of-way may be indicated by stop signs or yield signs as authorized in RCW 47.36.110.
(2) Except when directed to proceed by a duly authorized flagger, or a police officer, or a firefighter vested by law with authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering a marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the roadway, and after having stopped shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways.
(3) The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall in obedience to such sign slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and if required for safety to stop, shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering a marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the roadway, and then after slowing or stopping, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways: PROVIDED, That if such a driver is involved in a collision with a vehicle in the intersection or junction of roadways, after driving past a yield sign without stopping, such collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the driver's failure to yield right-of-way.
These laws are meant to be followed by all drivers on roads in Washington State. The most common reasons for drivers who run through red lights and blow through stop signs are the following:
- Drunk or driving while high
- Driving while texting
- Driving while drowsy or sleepy
- Driving while distracted, such as talking on a cell phone
- Sun glare on windshield
- Aggressive driving
Many times when someone runs a red light or drives through a stop sign they accelerate and speed up faster so as to try to “beat” the light, usually while the light may still be a yellow but about to turn red. When someone tries to beat the yellow light before it turns red, they are likely to create an accident, especially if someone is coming from the opposite direction attempting to take a left through a busy intersection and that driver is also trying to “beat” the light. This is a dangerous combination and a common reason for accidents in intersections.
It is rare to be rear-ended or have a fender-bender when someone runs a red light or stop sign. Typically, in these kinds of accidents drivers are T-Boned, broadsided, or sideswiped by another car, and sometimes the car will fishtail, skid, or be pushed into oncoming traffic. These are high impact, high velocity crashes that can be very serious, even deadly.Common Red Light and Stop Sign Car Accident Injuries
If you have been in a car accident because someone ran a red light or stop sign, the injuries from these kinds of accidents can be serious. For instance, the victim could have:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
If you have been sideswiped, broadsided, or T-Boned because someone ran a red light or blew through a stop sign, then you need to seek immediate medical care and have a qualified and proper medical professional tend to your injuries. This could mean a medical doctor, such as an orthopedic, or it could mean a chiropractor or physical therapist.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured in a car accident because someone ran a red light or ran a stop sign, you have endured a very traumatic, possibly life-threatening and life-altering event. You need a compassionate and understanding attorney who has helped people in similar situations many times.
There may be instances when the at-fault driver’s insurance company claims that you either were at fault for the accident or partially at fault for the accident. You may need an attorney to work with the police to obtain the police report, interview witnesses who may have been at the scene, or obtain surveillance footage, if there were any nearby, by sending a subpoena to obtain the footage of the accident to prove your version of events is in correct.
The Jackman Law Firm can also help you:
- Recover medical bills
- Recover lost wages
- Recover money for pain and suffering
- Recover money for out of pocket expenses
Chances are the at-fault driver’s insurance company is not being overly helpful or cooperative in paying you the money you are owed, and they may be delaying in having your car, truck, or SUV repaired or totaled out after it was hit. If any of these problems sound familiar, why handle it on your own? The Jackman Law Firm can help take the load off you by doing the necessary work to help you recover all of the money damages you are allowed to receive under the law.
Feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation.