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Dallas Drivers Not Paying Up for Running Red Lights

The Fort Worth, Texas, area has been using red light cameras for several years now to catch light runners in the act. But a recent review of city records revealed that less than 50% of the 230,000 drivers caught running red lights on camera had paid the fine of $75.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, non-paying accounts were sent to collections, but because they are only civil violations, they will not be reported to credit bureaus. Nor does failure to pay speeding tickets show on driving records. Thus, not paying a Fort Worth red-light ticket will not affect one’s insurance rates.

As personal injury attorneys in Dallas and Fort Worth, we are concerned that people running red lights often do not face consequences for their illegal actions. Running red lights is extremely dangerous and can cause serious and often fatal car accidents.

Running Red Lights and Vehicle Crashes

Running red lights is a frequent cause of car accidents across the country. In 2016, more than 3.7 million drivers were reported to have run a red light. Unfortunately, running red lights kills people. In 2013, 700 people died in crashes involving a driver who ran a red light. It is highly dangerous behavior, whether drivers run the light because they are in a hurry or do not see it..

To increase awareness of the dangers of running red lights, the National Coalition for Safer Roads highlights the risks of this illegal behavior:

  • At least 7,700 people were killed by drivers running a red light between 2004 and 2013.
  • The cost to American society from red light running is $230 billion per year.
  • One-third of Americans know someone who was injured or killed in an accident involving a driver who ran a red light.
  • Car accidents are the top cause of death for four-year-olds, and is the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14.
  • Approximately 50% of the deaths in these accidents are bikers, pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles.
  • Drivers in urban areas are much more likely to be injured in red light crashes than any other type of crash.
  • Drivers who go through red lights are three times more likely than other drivers to have several speeding infractions on their driving records.
  • 36% of drivers run red lights on a regular basis, even though more than 50% know it is a very serious risk.

Texas Has a High Number of Red Light Running Deaths

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Transportation recently examined the number of red light running deaths for each 100,000 residents. The state with the top death rate was Arizona, with 7.1 deaths. Texas came in as the fourth worst in the country, with 3.5 deaths per 100,000 people.

Dallas is particularly notorious for red light running at many intersections, including Preston Road and TX-121; Preston Rd. and Park Blvd.; Belt Line Road and Preston and Belt Line Rd. and Midway Rd.; Coit Road / George Bush Turnpike; Hebron Parkway and Old Denton Rd.; I635 and Coit Rd.; and Loop 288/Lillian Miller Parkway. If you have been injured in a car accident due to a red-light incident, please contact us.

Were You Injured by a Red-Light Runner? Contact Guajardo & Marks for a Free Consultation

At Guajardo & Marks, we understand that car accidents due to the negligence of another driver can leave you with very serious injuries. If another person is responsible for the accident because they ran a red light, they should be held accountable and pay you the compensation you deserve. Please contact our Dallas personal injury law office today at 972-774-9800 or by filling out our online contact form for a complimentary consultation about your car accident case.