If traffic lights change from yellow to red for a reason, and if there are consequences to not stopping for a red light, then why do some drivers run red lights? Red-light running continues to be a very dangerous and costly problem leading to many traffic fatalities in Georgia and across this nation each year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, red light running is the leading cause of urban crashes.

Drivers of passenger vehicles aren’t the only ones who fail to stop at red lights. Truck drivers have been known to run red lights and cause deadly wrecks due to the force, size, and weight of the truck alone. On October 16, 2012, a fatal truck accident in Atlanta occurred because a truck driver failed to stop at a red light. Police reported that one man died and three others were injured when a large commercial truck ran a red light.

Witnesses told police that the trucker hit three cars in Fulton County after running a red light just prior to 11:40 p.m. The truck broadsided a Toyota Solara, crashing into the driver’s side. The semi then swerved and plowed into a Nissan Altima head-on, followed by rolling onto a Toyota Camry.

Sadly, the driver of the Solara died in this tragic Atlanta tractor-trailer crash, and the Altima driver suffered serious injuries. The Camry driver suffered minor injuries, and the truck driver also suffered non-life-threatening injuries in this wreck.

Because the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, there is not an official word regarding the reason the trucker failed to stop at the red light.

Why Do Truck Drivers Run Red Lights?

Truckers, like most drivers, run red lights because they are:

  • In a hurry
  • Distracted at the wheel
  • Driving aggressive
  • Driving drugged
  • Driving drowsy
  • Driving drunk
  • Speeding

One thing is for sure, crashes caused by drivers running red lights tend to produce more serious injuries or death. If you have been injured by a red-light runner, you should seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Negligent truck drivers should be held accountable for running red lights, and a skilled Atlanta injury lawyer can help you seek justice and just compensation. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation today. 

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