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Fatal car accidents from running red lights highest in a decade

Everyone has experienced needing to get somewhere in a hurry. It often seems as though this is a part of modern life. People are always concerned with getting to the next thing as quickly as possible, and this can come into play even when people drive. 

Unfortunately, this desire to save time has some unpleasant consequences. Experts say that fatal car accidents in Kentucky often result from running red lights. If you or someone you care for has ever been in a crash with a driver who ran a red light, you know exactly how upsetting it is that people can drive so negligently. Researchers also report that the number of these crashes is at an all-time high. So what can you and your family do to protect yourselves?

The details of the report

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released this study. It looked at crash data from 2012 to 2017. It found that fatal accidents due to motorists running red lights rose by about 30% in that time. What's more, in 2017, the number of fatalities in this category was at a 10-year high, coming in at over 900 people. 

This means that two people die every day due to these types of crashes. Additionally, an overwhelming majority of those deaths are not the drivers themselves but other people. It is especially tragic because experts say that it is easy to prevent. Motorists just have to pay attention and stop at red lights rather than attempt to run through them. 

How Kentucky fares

The bluegrass state has a significant problem with accidents due to running red lights. Another report from AAA found that, from 2008-2017, Kentucky had the seventh-highest rate of fatal red light accidents in the nation. This was the case even when considering population.

What can you do?

Though the blame clearly lies with the offending driver, you and your family can try to keep safe in various ways. First, every motorist needs to avoid engaging in distracted driving. When you move through an intersection, prepare to suddenly stop and be sure to look both ways before you enter the intersection. If you're a pedestrian or cyclist, you need to stay alert and make sure that you are clearly seen by drivers around you.

Hopefully, this kind of crash never happens to you, but if it does, you have every right to hold a negligent driver responsible. A car accident due to reckless, impatient or distracted driving should never happen. Luckily, you have legal recourse if it does.

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