It’s National Stop on Red Week, a time dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of red-light running.

As Texas car accident lawyers, we often help clients who have been injured by this type of reckless driving behavior. Lives are needlessly lost or forever changed everyday when people fail to stop at a red light. Consider these facts:

  • You are more likely to to be injured in a wreck caused by red-light running than in any other type of car accident.
  • Running a red light is the leading cause of urban car crashes.
  • At urban intersections, someone runs a red light on average every 20 minutes.
  • Of those killed in red-light running accidents, HALF are not the signal violators but passengers, people in other vehicles, pedestrians and bicycle riders.
  • Every day in the U.S., there are an average of 7 fatal crashes and 1,000 injury accidents at red-light intersections.

“No family should have to suffer the loss of a loved one because of someone’s desire to beat a light,” said David Kelly, president and executive director of the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), and former acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “National Stop on Red Week serves as an important reminder of the dangers of red-light running and the importance of stopping on red. Preventing these crashes is in each driver’s control. Together we can protect our community, families and children by always stopping on red.”

If you’ve been injured or a loved one killed because another driver ran a red light, the Houston auto accident lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers can help you explore your legal options. Contact us today for assistance.

For more information about National Stop on Red Week, visit ncsrsafety.org/stop-on-red.