When a driver enters an intersection after the traffic light has turned red and proceeds to go through, this is considered running a red light. Red light runners were responsible for causing 846 fatalities in 2018 and approximately 139,000 people suffered injuries in red light running accidents during that same year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Because running a red light is a type of traffic violation, those who fail to stop at a red light can be held liable when they cause an accident that results in a death or injuries.
Suing a Driver for Causing a Red Light Running Accident
Red light running accidents are known to cause severe property damage and serious injuries. After an individual has been involved in this type of accident, they may be looking to hold the reckless driver accountable for the harm they have caused them. Before an individual proceeds with filing a lawsuit against the driver, they should consider consulting with a Chula Vista, CA car accident attorney who can help them explore the other avenues that may also give them access to compensation.
Was the red light runner insured?
If the driver who ran a red light was insured at the time of the accident, the victim may be able to recover compensation by filing a claim with their insurer. California is considered an at-fault state which means drivers who are responsible for causing accidents can also be held financially liable for repairing another party’s damaged vehicle, paying their medical bills, and more.
However, if the driver was insured at the time of the accident, then the victim would need to file a claim with their insurance carrier to see how much of their accident-related expenses would be paid for by the insurer. Because insurance companies are known to try and undervalue claims or deny them to avoid having to pay, it is always recommended that a car crash victim hire a Chula Vista, CA car accident attorney to assist with the claims process.
Not only with a lawyer ensure the claims process runs as smoothly as possible, but they will also address all insurance-related matters so that the victim can focus on getting better.
When a Driver is Uninsured or Underinsured in California
If a red light runner causes an accident and either doesn’t have enough insurance coverage to pay for the damage they cause or were not insured at the time of the crash, this is when the victim would consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against him/her.
The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth is Here to Help After a Red Light Running Accident
Drivers who were injured in a red light running accident can contact the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth to find out if their injuries warrant compensation. In the event an accident victim has a valid case against the driver who hit them, the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth can then help them understand their rights and what steps need to be taken to get them the compensation they are entitled to.
The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth can be reached at:
Phone: (619) 691-8942
Email: [email protected]
Chula Vista Office
815 Third Ave., Ste. 115
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Mission Valley Office
1761 Hotel Court, Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92108