Red Light Car Accident Lawyer

Car Accident Lawyer for Red Lights

Red Light Car Accident Lawyer

With so much traffic in California, it’s no surprise that red light car accidents occur regularly. If you have been injured in a traffic accident, then contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim for a free consultation. Don’t wait for your insurance company to help you. If you’ve been injured, you will need a personal injury lawyer that is experienced in dealing with red light car accidents.


Why Contact a Red Light Car Accident Lawyer?

If you have been injured in a car accident involving a red light, then you will want to get legal help immediately.

Daniel Kim is a well-known personal injury lawyer here in Southern California that has built a great reputation by taking care of his clients. He is a very experienced car accident lawyer that knows how to deal with insurance companies and their deceitful tactics.

The Law Offices of Daniel Kim won’t accept a quick settlement just so we can get a fast payday. The insurance companies have their own agenda. In addition, their goal is to make money, not pay money out for car accident claims. Don’t fight the insurance companies alone.

Instead, call us for a free consultation. We have over 1,000 positive reviews from happy clients on Yelp, Facebook, and Google. Our law firm has offices throughout Southern California, including Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Diego County, and more. 


How Much Is a Settlement Worth?

There are so many factors that go into determining what amount of compensation you will receive. Also, another important thing to consider is how good is your lawyer at negotiating with the insurance companies.

You have to remember that insurance companies want to pay the least amount possible. That is not fair for the personal injury victims.

Daniel Kim is an experienced negotiator. He and his legal team have settled numerous red light car accident cases, maintaining a 99% success rate, and recovering over $100 million for clients. 

Your final settlement will include consideration for:

  • Lost wages due to missing work
  • Cost of medical care (and any needed future treatment)
  • Physical and emotional suffering
  • The severity of your injuries


Common Causes for Red Light Accidents

With years of experience dealing with traffic accidents, we have observed why most accidents occur.

One example is that a driver passes the red light due to inattention or recklessness and crashes into another car on its own green traffic light.

A vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle) is in a hurry to make the light while it is yellow. Then, the car ends up entering the intersection on a red traffic signal light, while other cars are turning. This also occurs when the other car is driving perpendicular to the opposing driver.

Also, bad weather like rain, sun, snow, and icy roads can cause major trouble at red lights.


Common Injuries From Red Light Accidents

Red Light Car Accident

In most red light accidents, the first vehicle that entered the intersection on a green or yellow light usually gets hit the hardest. This can also cause a domino effect, forcing other vehicles to slam into each other. 

Unfortunately, these types of red light car accidents tend to result in major property damage. Typically, one or both of the drivers is severely injured and their cars totaled.

Some of the common injuries from red light accidents are:


Red Light Accident Statistics

Based on a report from the NHTSA, in 2014, red light car accident collisions caused 710 fatalities. However, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimated that 165,000 people are injured each year in red light accidents.

According to the United States Access Board, there are more than 300,000 traffic lights in the USA. A general rule of thumb is that for every 1,000 people living in a city there should be 1 traffic signal.

Legal Liability

For the most part, the driver who entered or crossed into an intersection on a red light is the person who will be placed at fault – but not always.

This is a scenario we see all too often in California, as drivers regularly ignore stop signs and traffic signals. For a complete legal definition, The California Vehicle Code Section 21453 details the red light rules:

(a) A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b).

(b) Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn, a driver, after stopping as required by subdivision (a), facing a steady circular red signal, may turn right, or turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street. A driver making that turn shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to any vehicle that has approached or is approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard to the driver, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that vehicle until the driver can proceed with reasonable safety.

(c) A driver facing a steady red arrow signal shall not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow and, unless entering the intersection to make a movement permitted by another signal, shall stop at a clearly marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication permitting movement is shown.

(d) Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in Section 21456, a pedestrian facing a steady circular red or red arrow signal shall not enter the roadway


Dealing With Insurance Companies

Red Light Car Accident

After a car accident, the first thing you need to do is get medical treatment. If that means taking an ambulance to the hospital, then do it. Don’t delay getting medical care. This will hurt your injury case later on, and your injuries might get worse if you wait to see a doctor.

Even if you are not at fault for the red light accident, contact a car accident attorney. Ideally, you will want to hire a lawyer, as he/she will call your insurance for you. This ensures you don’t get yourself in a bind where your insurance company uses your words against you. Insurance companies have a process they use to determine who is at fault.

Still have questions? Call The Law Offices of Daniel Kim for a free, no-risk case evaluation.