Cell phones have undoubtedly made life easier for Minnesota residents. Whereas it was once difficult to communicate with others while traveling or away from home, now individuals need only stop their vehicles and get out their smartphones to be connected to anyone throughout the world. However, the ease of connectivity that smartphones offer also has a drawback: more and more people are using phones irresponsibly while behind the wheels of their cars.
A study released by AAA suggests that a certain type of distracted driving accident has reached a 10 year high: running red lights. Drivers throughout the nation are required to stop at intersections when they have a red light, and the failure to do so can have deadly consequences.
According to the AAA study, at least two people die in the United States each day from red light accidents. Red light accidents can be tied to distracted driving because, when drivers are focused elsewhere, such as on their cell phones, they fail to see red lights.
Accidents caused by drivers running red lights are preventable if drivers would give their full attention to their driving responsibilities. Unfortunately, not all drivers prioritize their safety and the safety of others on the roads with them. When motor vehicle accidents happen, victims can suffer catastrophic injuries and even death.
When a driver causes an accident through negligence, including running a stop sign, the injured can hold the driver liable for their damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. A personal injury lawyer can advise the injured or their families on their options for pursuing compensation.