Las Vegas is one of the top cities nationwide for accidents caused by running red lights. According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, in a ten-year span, 105 of the approximately 7,800 fatalities caused by red light runners occurred in Las Vegas. Las Vegas was listed as the number 4 worst city for drivers running red lights across the country. The injuries resulting from a car accident caused by a red light runner can be as minor as scrapes and bruises to neck whiplash or severe injuries such as being permanently disabled or even death.
Part of the problem is that Vegas drivers have a tendency to speed up instead of slowing down when lights turn yellow. By trying to make it through the intersection before the light changes, some drivers end up running red lights at high speeds, which can lead to dangerous conditions for pedestrians, as well as other motorists.
If you are injured as a result of a red light runner, it is very important to document what happened as soon as possible after the accident. Contact police right away and make a report about what happened. If any witnesses are present, ask them to stay at the scene and make a statement about their observations. Drivers who run red lights commonly shift blame and say that their light was green when the accident occurred. Therefore, it is helpful to proving your claim if other witnesses support your version of events.
After reporting the accident, you should also document your injuries by seeking immediate medical treatment. If your case goes to trial later on, your doctors and other medical providers may be asked to testify. You may be asked about what type of medications you were prescribed for treatment of your injuries. You will also be asked about any prior medical conditions you may have had before the accident occurred. Documenting your injuries as they heal (or worsen) may be beneficial as time goes on and memory fades.
You may decide to speak to an attorney about filing a claim for money damages after an accident. An attorney can ensure that you get a fair settlement for losses sustained such as medical bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, property damage, future medical costs, lost wages and other damages. It’s a good idea to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident if you are considering filing a claim so that important evidence is not lost. Also, keep in mind that some claims may be time-barred by a statute of limitations if you wait too long to file suit.
If you have been injured as a result of a driver running a red light, call Mainor Wirth today for more information on filing a claim. Mainor Wirth can provide expert legal services in your time of need.