Fort Worth Red and Yellow Light Accident Lawyer
Have you been seriously injured in a red or yellow light accident?
Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, represents accident victims in red and yellow light accidents in Fort Worth, Texas.
Call (817) 420-7000 today or contact our Fort Worth, TX, law office online to schedule your free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer to explore your legal options.
How Stephens Law Firm, PLLC Helps After Red and Yellow Light Accidents
Ideally, an at-fault driver’s insurance carrier would make the claims process easy.
After submitting a claim and showing the damages you have sustained, you would receive a fair settlement offer that fully compensates you.
Sadly, that’s not the experience most injury victims get. After an intersection accident, you may be facing an uncertain financial future and a battle against a for-profit insurance company and their team of adjusters and lawyers.
Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, seeks to level the playing field. Founding attorney Jason Stephens is an award-winning trial lawyer who has secured some of the largest verdicts in U.S. and Texas history for his clients.
He is on your side as an advocate to protect your legal rights and fight for the fair compensation you deserve. He uses decades of experience, cutting-edge technology, and his reputation and connections to fight for you.
Red and Yellow Light Accident Statistics in Texas
Across Texas, over 67,000 people are killed in traffic accidents. That’s an average of 10 per day since November 7, 2000, the last day Texas had no fatal traffic accidents. Among the six most populated states, Texas is second to Florida for the most traffic fatalities per 100k people.
Among all traffic accidents, intersection accidents stand out because they are the most common and they can be the most serious. Across the country, 139,000 were injured in 2018 in accidents involving someone running a red light.
While 85% of drivers agreed in a AAA survey that running a red light is very dangerous, 31% reported doing so in the last month. Red-light runners were more likely to be under the influence of alcohol or speeding at the time of the accident and less likely to even have a driver’s license. AAA recently found that red-light running deaths have reached a 10-year high.
In 2018 alone, 704 people were killed in intersection accidents in Texas. That’s more than the fatality number for head-on collisions, pedestrian accidents, and motorcycle accidents.
Stephens Law Firm, PLLC Handles All Types of Red and Yellow Light Accident Cases
Most of us have had the experience of accidentally running a yellow or even red light accidentally when the light changes suddenly just as we approach the intersection. While this mistake can be easy to make every now and then, running red and yellow lights can be extremely dangerous.
Nearly 40% of all traffic accidents in the United States happen at or near an intersection. There are 2.5 million intersection accidents every year in the U.S. and 8,600 cause fatal injuries. Of these fatal crashes, more than one-third happen at intersections with signals, not signs or no control at all.
Sadly, many intersection accidents happen when the traffic signal is yellow or red, the time when drivers should be most cautious approaching the intersection. Accidents caused by drivers speeding through an intersection can result in serious and life-changing injuries.
Red and yellow light accidents come in many forms. Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, represents injured victims in all types of accidents involving a red or yellow light. This includes:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end crashes
- Side-impact collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
All types of accidents in or near an intersection can be serious. These accidents also have a high rate of fatalities. The Fort Worth red and yellow light accident lawyer at Stephen Law Firm, PLLC is here to help you fight for the fair compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Red and Yellow Light Accidents in Fort Worth
Intersections are inherently dangerous. Traffic accidents can be the result of bad intersection design, poor visibility, or a malfunctioning traffic light. Most accidents in intersections are caused by negligent driving behavior such as running a red or yellow light.
Even the yellow light signal time may help influence the rate of red and yellow light accidents in Texas. Increasing the amount of time the light is yellow can significantly reduce the number of red-light violations and reduce the risk of accidents.
The town of Denton, Texas reportedly reduced its rate of red-light running incidents and crashes simply by increasing the yellow light time from 3.5 seconds to 4.5 seconds. This change dropped the number of red-light running incidents at the intersection from 91 in a month to 19. Afterward, the intersection had just four crashes, a dramatic decrease.
A range of behaviors can contribute to red and yellow light accidents in Texas:
- Dangerous left-hand turns. This often happens when the light is changing to red. Sometimes drivers assume oncoming traffic will stop when the light is changing.
- Hitting the gas when the light turns green without checking for cross-traffic. This behavior risks striking a driver who was speeding through the intersection to beat a red light.
- Failing to pay attention to another car stopping when the light turns yellow or red.
- Speeding into an intersection to beat a yellow light.
- Illegal right-hand turns on red.
- Running a red light without slowing or stopping.
When other drivers engage in dangerous behavior in an intersection and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, will conduct a thorough accident investigation to determine how your accident occurred and who is liable.
Who Is Responsible for My Injuries in a Red or Yellow Light Accident?
To recover compensation for your injuries in a red or yellow light accident, you will need to prove another party was completely or mostly at fault for the crash. Proving fault can be difficult, especially when multiple vehicles are involved.
Texas uses a modified comparative negligence law which means you can recover compensation if you contributed to the accident as long as you are not 51% or more at fault. Under this doctrine, the damages you recover will be reduced based on your share of fault. This is why it’s crucial to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer: for every percentage point of fault that is assigned to you, your damages are directly reduced.
Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident to determine how it happened and who is to blame. Attorney Jason Stephens will build your case using evidence that shows another party caused your injuries such as:
- Red light camera footage
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Surveillance video from nearby stores
- Damage to the vehicles
- Onboard vehicle system data
- Road and intersection conditions and design
- Accident reconstruction
We have spent decades representing accident victims in fighting for maximum compensation. While the other driver’s insurance company will aggressively investigate the accident with a goal of minimizing your claim, Jason Stephens will protect your best interests. He will investigate the accident and gather evidence to prove you are not at fault for your injuries.
Statute of Limitations in Red and Yellow Light Accident Claims
After a car accident in Texas, you have a limited amount of time to bring a personal injury claim. Under Texas law, you have just 2 years to file a lawsuit or claim against the at-fault driver or you lose your right to recover damages.
This does not mean you should delay. It’s crucial to begin investigating your accident as soon as possible to preserve valuable evidence regarding liability and your damages.
Damages Available in Red and Yellow Light Accidents in Fort Worth, TX
Red and yellow light accidents can cause serious, life-changing injuries. Victims may be left struggling with mounting medical bills, an inability to work, and significant pain. When your injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing, you may have the right to recover compensation for your injuries.
There are many types of compensation you may be entitled to receive under Texas law to make you as whole as possible. Damages are divided into two primary types: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages in Texas are designed to reimburse you for actual financial damages you have sustained such as:
- Medical bills including future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity if you are left disabled or unable to work
- Property damage to your vehicle
Non-economic damages refer to damages that do not have an intrinsic monetary value. This includes:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
In rare cases that go to court, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. These damages are designed to punish someone for egregious negligence, malicious behavior, or reckless disregard for human life.
Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, will work to build your case and prove the true extent of your damages. Jason Stephens will seek maximum compensation for his clients because you do not deserve an uncertain financial future after your accident.
Contact a Fort Worth Car Crash Lawyer
Have you been seriously injured in a red or yellow light accident in Fort Worth? You do not deserve to go up against an insurance company alone while you are recovering from your injuries. A Fort Worth personal injury attorney from Stephens Law Firm, PLLC is here to help you pursue full compensation and protect your rights.
Contact a red and yellow light accident lawyer at Stephens Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule your initial free consultation.