Florida has a high rate of highway and pedestrian accidents, and among the causes of these car crashes are drivers failing to obey traffic signs and signals. Stop lights, speed limit postings, and other signs are there for a safe and orderly flow of traffic. They are the results of careful studies by traffic safety engineers and are to be followed, for the safety of everyone sharing the road.
Reasons Drivers Disregard Traffic Signs and Signals
Among the reasons Florida drivers fail to obey traffic signals is driver distraction, including
- Cell phone use
- Eating and drinking while driving
- Adjusting the radio or GPS
- Interacting with passengers
Any behavior that causes a driver to take their eyes off the road creates the possibility of not seeing a stop sign, a yield to pedestrian sign, a school crossing sign or traffic signals and as a result, not seeing a pedestrian, bicycle or other car and causing an accident.
Getting Help after an Accident Caused by a Driver’s Failure to Obey a Traffic Signal
When you’ve been injured in a Clearwater traffic crash caused by a driver running a red light or other traffic sign or signal, you can often claim compensation for your injuries. In Florida, you will need to prove the person who caused the accident was careless or negligent and as a result, you were injured. This is best done with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney who will begin promptly to investigate the facts of your injury claim.
Call Jim Dodson at 888-207-0905 for a free case evaluation and find out what needs to be done to protect your legal right to compensation.