When people obtain a driver’s license in Houston, they’re automatically pledging their adherence to the laws that pertain to operating a motor vehicle. Most people generally try to obey traffic laws, but that can’t be said for all. Unfortunately, those who don’t abide by traffic laws threaten their safety and the safety of others. Whether they’re in a rush or aren’t paying attention, there’s no valid excuse for disregarding traffic signals.
The two most common ways drivers break the law are failing to stop at a stop sign or red light. Running a red light or not stopping at a stop sign can result in significant fines, but what’s worse is that a driver can seriously injure or kill other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, or bicyclists. If you were injured in a red light or stop sign accident and unsure of who’s at fault, reach out to Sutliff & Stout Law Firm right away. We’ll make sure that the responsible party is held accountable and that you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Top Causes of Red Light and Stop Sign Accidents in Houston
Traffic signals are designed to prevent accidents from happening by signaling when it’s safe for drivers to proceed. When drivers choose to run red lights and stop signs, their actions can cause car crashes and can leave crash victims burdened with medical bills on top of coping with injuries and other accident-related losses. Many of these accidents occur due to the following:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving in harsh weather conditions
- Hitting a driver who’s making a legal left turn
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
At Sutliff & Stout, our legal advocates have recovered millions of dollars in relief for injury victims and their families following unexpected red light and stop sign accidents. We have what it takes to aggressively represent you in order to secure tangible results. With the attorneys at Sutliff & Stout, you’ll bring professional, passionate, and knowledgeable counsel to your personal injury claim.
Common Injuries Sustained in Red Light and Stop Sign Accidents
Since most stop signs and red lights are at intersections, accidents can form in several different ways—the most common being T-bone accidents. When a passenger vehicle approaches the middle of an intersection, the crossing vehicle may strike the side of their car. Some of the most common injuries sustained in red light and stop sign accidents in Houston include:
- Whiplash injuries
- Fractures, bruises, and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue and internal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
Depending on how fast the driver is going at the time of the accident will determine how serious the victim’s injuries are. At red lights, specifically, drivers may accelerate when trying to beat out the light change, causing severe injuries. However, even minor fender benders can cause significant damage to both the victim’s body and property.
Hold Negligent Houston Drivers Accountable With Sutliff & Stout
Drivers who willfully disregard traffic signals and laws should be held accountable. It can be extremely challenging to come to terms with the fact your injuries were caused by a driver who failed to stop when they were supposed to—a tragedy that could’ve been prevented if that driver fulfilled their responsibility.
At Sutliff & Stout, our Board-Certified lawyers are here to help those who have been unnecessarily injured due to someone else’s negligence. We are well versed in auto accident and personal injury claims, and with our experience and dedication behind you, we’ll stop at nothing to ensure you secure compensation for all your damages. Request your free, no-obligation consultation today by calling (713) 987-7111 or completing a contact form.