REDUCING INTERSECTION ACCIDENTS: CONNECTICUT CONSIDERS RED-LIGHT CAMERAS
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 25, 2015 in Car Accidents
Some of the most catastrophic car, truck, bus and motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. Whether the at-fault driver fails to notice traffic signals or recklessly tries to beat a red light, the resulting crash can lead to serious personal injuries and fatalities.
Connecticut lawmakers are again considering a bill that would enhance enforcement of stoplights by using red-light cameras to identify motorists who run stoplights. While two dozen other states allow municipalities to install cameras at busy and dangerous intersections, a similar bill died in committee in the Connecticut legislature last year.
Motor vehicle safety advocates point out that red light cameras are an effective way to protect motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists by making violators think twice about reckless behavior. The cost of the technology to the city is easily covered by the fines imposed on the increased numbers of drivers who are caught.
One study commissioned by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety demonstrated that cameras cut traffic fatalities by 24 percent. The study also found that a two-thirds majority of drivers in cities that have camera enforcement programs in place favor them.
Holding Reckless Drivers Accountable for Criminal Acts and Personal Injuries
Running a red light is one of the more obvious illegal acts a driver can commit. When vehicles collide due to one motorist's disrespect for the law, society expects them to account for their actions. Cameras capture this misconduct and allow easier proof at trial of a driver's criminal and civil liability.
In addition to traffic citations and increased insurance rates, violators who cause car accidents must be held liable for the damages and wrongful deaths they cause. Connecticut car accident attorneys can advise victims about filing a personal injury lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost income, property damage and other losses.