What is Considered Running a Red LightThe Spokane Police Department reported a person injured after a vehicle ran a red light at high speeds in Spokane. This car accident was significant enough to force police to close the road to traffic for hours. A vehicle traveling westbound struck two cars traveling southbound. Witnesses say the driver ran a red light. After hitting the other vehicles, the driver then got out of the car and ran on foot. Spokane Police chased the driver and placed him under arrest. Officials say at least one person was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. The investigation is centered on vehicular assault, meaning the driver may have been under the influence or was driving recklessly which caused an injury during the collision.

What is Considered Running a Red Light?

A traffic light may be the most universal of traffic signals. We all know a red light means stop. However, every day traffic citations are written for running a red light. But what is considered running a red light? Running a red light or a stop sign is defined as:

  • Going through the intersection while a red light (or red turn arrow) is displayed on a traffic signal, or
  • Failing to come to a complete stop and following the right-of-way requirements when at a “stop” sign.

Keep in mind a yellow light does not mean speed up. A yellow light means to prepare the light is about to turn red. It is also important to keep in mind of where you stop at a red light. You can receive a traffic violation for running a red light if you fail to stop at the stop line or before the crosswalk at an intersection.

Stoplight Safety Reduces Car Accidents

Obeying all traffic signals greatly reduces car accident incidents. During 2000 to 2007, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reported about 800 to 1,000 fatal car accidents from drivers running a red light. Know the Rules of the Road in Washington to keep you and your family safe while driving. Here are the Traffic Control Signal rules in the state of Washington.

A Car Accident Attorney Can Help

Disputes about what color a light was in an accident is often a sticking point in a case. If you are injured in an accident caused by someone violating a stoplight, you need a personal injury lawyer in Spokane on your side. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the law office of personal injury attorney Mat Parke today for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case for free. Call (509) 482-7274 to get started on receiving a fair settlement from your personal injury case.


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