Although all motorists are taught to obey traffic signals when getting a driver’s license, many of them tend to disregard traffic signals. Some of these motorists who commit traffic signal violations do so because do not fully understand how traffic signals work, while others do not seem to care much about these rules at all. Otherwise, why would there be so many drivers who run red lights and fail to give up the right of way at intersections?
“Motorists who violate traffic rules related to traffic signals are not only exposing themselves to penalties for not following traffic laws, but also putting other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other parties at risk of injury,” says our Pittsburgh traffic signal violation accident attorney at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman.
Since it can be rather difficult to prove that the other motorist violated traffic signal rules, or that this violation was a direct or proximate cause of your injury, it is important to be represented by an experienced lawyer to investigate your case, gather sufficient evidence proving the other motorist’s negligence, and help you seek maximum reimbursement.
It’s no secret that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in our country, and all those traffic signals in Pittsburgh and all across Pennsylvania are designed to keep us safe by controlling the flow of traffic on our roads and highways.
Had 100 percent of all motorists in our country followed traffic signal rules as required by law, there would have been little to no car accidents in our country. Unfortunately, let’s get back to reality, where thousands of motorists disregard traffic signal rules every single day, and, as a result, end up causing car crashes.
“Luckily, under Pennsylvania law, a motorist who has been injured or suffered harm or loss as a result of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, negligence, wrongful act, or a crime is entitled to seek compensation,” says our experienced traffic signal violation accident lawyer in Pittsburgh.
Under federal and state law, all motorists have legal rights and obligations. For example, all drivers are required to exercise reasonable care and follow all traffic rules in order to not endanger the lives of other people on the road. When a motorist violates traffic signals, he or she will be held responsible for any resulting damages and losses caused by the violation.
Typically, after a car accident caused by a traffic signal violation, the police will arrive at the scene of the accident to write a police report. The police officers who respond to the accident will have to conduct an initial investigation and document the fact that one or several of the motorists violated traffic laws.
If the police have evidence that one of the drivers ran a red light, failed to yield the right of way, or committed any other type of traffic signal violation, the police may issue a traffic citation to that driver. The combination of the traffic citation and police report will be used as key pieces of evidence when determining who was at fault for causing the accident. Testimony from witnesses as well as conclusions made by accident reconstruction experts is also important to establish fault in a traffic signal violation accident.
In order to determine liability for a car accident caused by traffic signal violation, a skilled car crash lawyer will investigate who had the right of way at the time of the accident. Schedule a free consultation with our attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman by calling at 888-988-9467.