Orange County Red and Yellow Light Car Accidents
Intersections can be incredibly dangerous. Traffic lights are often placed at intersections to regulate the flow of traffic and keep drivers safe. Unfortunately, red and yellow traffic lights are often a factor in many Orange County car accidents. Instead of slowing down and stopping, drivers tend to hit the gas and attempt to “beat” the red light. The result: thousands of tragic car accidents every year.
Have you or someone you love been involved in an Orange County intersection car accident? Contact the Law Offices of John Rapillo to learn about your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our car accident injury lawyers can help you maximize the financial award you receive. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation.
- 1 How Our Red and Yellow Light Accident Lawyers Can Help
- 2 Red and Yellow Light Accident Statistics
- 3 What Red and Yellow Signals Mean in California
- 4 Causes of Red and Yellow Light Accidents in Orange County
- 5 Damages Available to Orange County Intersection Accident Victims
- 6 Need Help? Contact John Rapillo For Help Now
How Our Red and Yellow Light Accident Lawyers Can Help
Intersection-related car accidents happen every day. Many of these crashes involve red and yellow traffic signals. You can suffer serious and life-threatening injuries, even if you’re being extremely cautious. When someone else is to blame for your injuries, you have the right to demand compensation.
While you can pursue compensation on your own, you’re much more likely to get the money you need if you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.
You Need Time to Get Better
Intersection accidents tend to be particularly violent and destructive. It’s common to sustain injuries that keep you off of your feet and disrupt your life for a long time. You may require extensive medical care and be forced to miss time at work.
It will be incredibly important for you to focus all of your time and energy on getting better. You can’t do this if you’re also trying to navigate a complex legal claim. Hiring an attorney will give you the time you need to focus on your physical and emotional recoveries after your accident.
Proving Fault and Negligence Can Be Tough
Who is responsible for your car accident and injuries? This may seem like a simple question. However, it can be difficult to gather the evidence you need to win your case. At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, our attorneys will carefully investigate your accident. Our goal will be to determine the precise cause(s) of the crash. Once we understand why the accident happened, we can identify who is to blame. With this information, we can then gather the evidence that will be necessary for you to get the money you deserve.
Do you share some of the fault for your own accident and injuries? Others involved in the crash will try to shift as much of the blame to you as possible. In California, comparative negligence doesn’t necessarily prevent you from filing a lawsuit for damages. You can recover compensation as long as someone else is also to blame.
However, fault will limit the amount of money you can get. The more fault you share, the less money you’ll be able to recover. Your award will be reduced by your specific contributions to the accident. For example, if you’re 60 percent at fault for the crash, you’ll only be able to recover a maximum of 40 percent of your damages.
At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, our legal team will aggressively pursue comepnsation on your behalf. We’ll thoroughly review the details of the crash and find evidence that shifts blame away from you. This will help you maximize the money you get for your injuries.
Red and Yellow Light Accident Statistics
Accidents at intersections are incredibly common. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) estimates that there are more than 2.5 million intersection-related car accidents every year. In fact, 40 percent of all car accidents happen at or near an intersection.
Intersection accidents aren’t just common, but also dangerous. Statistics show that half of all serious accidents – those involving catastrophic injury and extensive property damage – involve an intersection of at least two roads. Across the country, 21.5 percent of fatal car accidents happen at an intersection.
What Red and Yellow Signals Mean in California
Traffic lights are placed at intersections to help regulate the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, lights are only effective when drivers (a) understand what the different signals mean and (b) follow the rules. Accidents happen when drivers aren’t aware of their responsibilities or simply don’t care about following the law.
Drivers must come to a complete stop when a traffic signal displays a steady red light. Vehicles must remain stopped until the light turns green or a legal right-hand turn can be performed safely. [California Vehicle Code Section 21453]
A yellow traffic signal indicates that the light will be turning red and that the flow of traffic through the intersection will be changing shortly. Drivers are encouraged to slow down, approach the intersection with caution, and prepare to stop at the red light. [California Vehicle Code 21452]
Flashing Yellow Arrow
Arrows are used to help drivers make safe turns at busy Orange County intersections. When a traffic arrow is red, drivers must stop and remain stopped until the signal changes. It’s common for these arrows to flash yellow, rather than turn green. When approaching a flashing yellow arrow, drivers are permitted to turn.
However, turns must only be performed when the driver has assessed the situation and determined that it is safe to proceed through the intersection. You must always yield to oncoming traffic and check nearby crosswalks for pedestrians. [California Vehicle Code Section 12454]
Four Way Stop
Not all intersections in Orange County have traffic signals. Many are four-way stops. Other times, traffic signals don’t work. When this happens, they effectively become four-way stops. When approaching a four-way stop, all drivers must come to a complete stop. What happens when there is more than one vehicle at an intersection? The driver to the left must yield the right-of-way to the driver to his or her immediate right. [California Vehicle Code Section 21800]
Causes of Red and Yellow Light Accidents in Orange County
Statistics show that accidents tend to happen when drivers become aggressive or distracted at red and yellow lights. These are the leading causes of car accidents at Orange County intersections.
Trying to Beat a Red Light
California law doesn’t explicitly state that a yellow traffic signal means “slow down.” As a result, many drivers believe that it’s okay to speed up to beat a yellow light before it turns red. However, these drivers forget that they have an obligation to use caution and care behind the wheel.
When a driver speeds up to beat a red light, they tend to throw caution to the wind. This creates an incredibly dangerous situation for everyone approaching the intersection. The risk of an accident increases significantly when drivers try to speed through the intersection before the light turns red.
Illegal or Unsafe Turns
All intersections are different. It may be safe to make a right turn on red at one intersection, but incredibly dangerous at another. Many intersections happen when drivers make illegal or unsafe turns. When there are no traffic signs or signals to regulate left or right-hand turns, drivers must use caution and judgment before traveling through the intersection. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to look for oncoming traffic, don’t see pedestrians, or simply misjudge the amount of time they have to turn.
Rolling a Red Light or Stop Sign
Right-hand turns are permitted at many intersections in Orange County. However, these turns can only be done after a driver has come to a complete stop and determined that it’s safe to proceed. Accidents, particularly those involving pedestrians, tend to happen when drivers roll up to the intersection and through the light without stopping. Drivers who fail to stop are more likely to misjudge the amount of time they have to make a turn and create dangerous hazards.
Drivers stopped at intersections are becoming increasingly distracted by their phones and electronic devices. Rather than paying attention to the traffic around them, they’re focused on texts, emails, and social media. Distractions at intersections are increasingly responsible for rear-end crashes. A driver stopped at a light may not realize that the signal has changed. This can increase the risk of being rear-ended by drivers approaching the green light intersection.
Damages Available to Orange County Intersection Accident Victims
Have you been involved in an accident because another driver sped through an intersection or tried to beat a yellow light? You have the right to demand compensation. While money won’t guarantee a full recovery, it can certainly help during this difficult time. Hiring an attorney will significantly increase the likelihood of obtaining a fair and reasonable settlement or award.
At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, our attorneys will aggressively pursue monetary damages on your behalf. We’ll demand both economic and non-economic damages, including compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of replacing or repairing damaged property
- Lost wages
- Disability, temporary and/or permanent
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Call our Orange County law firm to schedule your free case assessment today. Our attorneys are prepared to help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
Need Help? Contact John Rapillo For Help Now
You never hit the road expecting to be in an accident. Unfortunately, you can sustain serious injuries in an accident, even if you are incredibly careful. When someone else causes you harm, you have the right to hold them financially responsible for your injuries. Hiring an attorney to handle your case will put you in the very best position to get the money you deserve.
Call our accident attorneys to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. It’s important to remember that you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim. You could miss out on the opportunity to get the money you need if you wait too long. Call our office to get started today.