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Running through red lights is a leading cause of auto accidents

The choices that people make behind the wheel matter. If a Delaware driver is reckless or negligent, it can affect other people by causing accidents that may result in injuries or even death. Each person behind the wheel has an obligation to be vigilant and attentive, especially while they are driving through intersections. Drivers running through red lights is a common cause of auto accidents, and they are often fatal.

According to information released by AAA, there are more fatal accidents from running red lights than at any other time. In fact, the number of these incidents is up by almost 30% from just five years ago. In 2017, 939 people died in accidents caused by a person driving through a red light. These numbers suggest that drivers may be getting more reckless and more dangerous, and it may all be because of distraction.

Delaware readers know that distracted driving remains a significant concern for motorists. A distracted driver is less likely to stop in enough to time to avoid a hazard, drive at safe speeds and remain aware of other cars on the road. It is easy to see how a distracted person could drive through an intersection without realizing the light was red.

Regardless of whether a driver was distracted, each person is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. If a person causes injuries or a fatality because he or she drove through a red light, that person is liable for damages and injuries. Victims of auto accidents may have the right to pursue damages through a personal injury claim. 

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