Do Red Light Cameras Improve Driving Safety and Prevent Accidents?

Many places install red light cameras at specific intersections to improve traffic safety and reduce the number of accidents. However, according to recent red-light camera studies, some of these red-light cameras may cause drivers to be more at risk of being involved in a dangerous accident. Indeed, current data does not seem to support the idea that red light cameras make intersections safer for motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists. 

All these people are at risk of harm on the country’s streets, roads, and highways. And accidents are so common. Personal injuries often result. If you’ve sustained damages in an accident where someone else was negligent or reckless, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit may be your best option for recovering your losses. 

Red Light Cameras Could Lead to More Accidents

When red light cameras are installed at intersections, more drivers stop short at these lights, fearing that any violation of the traffic laws will result in a ticket. However, the drivers behind them might expect that they will continue forward through a yellow light, as many drivers do. The data reveals that this stopping short contributed to a substantial increase in rear-end collisions and total collisions overall in places where red light cameras are installed. 

In the case of rear-end collisions, even minor accidents can cause significant injuries. Even cases of what appears to be a merely minor “fender bender” can result in accident-related injuries. Occupants of the car that is rear-ended frequently suffer more harm than those in the vehicle that strikes it. Whiplash is a common injury that happens during rear-end collisions.

Avoiding Accidents at Intersections and Red Lights 

You can take some steps to keep yourself safe when approaching intersections in your motor vehicle. Here are some helpful tips to promote safety and reduce the risk of harm at traffic lights and intersections. 

  • Look ahead and be prepared. Consider what you will do if a problem occurs.
  • Anticipate issues posed by other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycle riders 
  • Don’t assume a driver approaching a stop sign, yield sign, or red light will heed the sign or signal. Keep an eye on the other driver and try to come to the best driving decisions based on your surroundings. 
  • Maintain the proper speed and slow down, if necessary.
  • Always signal before you change lanes or turn.
  • Allow plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. 
  • Keep your seat belt fastened at all times the car is moving.
  • Do not use hand-held mobile devices while driving.
  • Do not drive if you are tired, drowsy, on specific medications, have been drinking alcoholic beverages, or are under the influence of illicit drugs.
  • Keep your vehicle well-maintained and in good condition — this includes the brakes.
  • Yield at the appropriate times.
  • Do not use hand-held mobile devices while driving.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, you need to be aware of your options. Reach out to speak with a personal injury attorney in Washington, DC to learn more about your options.

​Thanks to ​ The Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn, P.C. for their insight into personal injury claims and car accidents.