In Kentucky and throughout the U.S., drivers are expected to follow the basic rules of the road to make certain everyone is safe. One fundamental requirement that drivers learn from the start is to stop at a red light. If drivers run a red light, it can result in an auto accident with serious injuries and fatalities. Understanding this problem is imperative to avoiding collisions.

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows a dramatic increase in road fatalities because drivers have run a red light. 2017 is the last year for which statistics were available. AAA found that there was a 30 percent increase in these fatal accidents from 2012 to 2017. Across the nation, at least two people die on the road every day because of driver recklessness, distraction and impatience.

There were 939 deaths because of drivers running a red light in 2017. That is the most in 10 years. AAA suggests that drivers take certain steps to avoid running red lights. Since distracted driving is such a growing problem, it is a major factor in running red lights. Drivers are advised to pay attention to the road. Being prepared to stop, exercising sound judgment and driving defensively are other strategies to enhance safety.

When there is an auto accident, lives can change in myriad ways with serious injuries, medical expenses, lost income and more. If there is a fatality, the family left behind will have many other concerns to address. The cause of the accident is a vital part of pursuing compensation in a legal filing. If it was because of a driver behaving negligently and running a red light, evidence is key. Contacting a law firm experienced in motor vehicle accidents might help with the investigation and getting compensation.