Running a red light may not seem like it would be a problem to many people. They may view it as a simple traffic infraction, but no one gets hurt. However, many innocent motorists are injured or even killed by another driver’s carelessness and disregard for traffic laws.
Drivers who run red lights have the potential to cause head-on or T-bone accidents which can cause substantial injuries to other drivers. Frequently, red-light runners are in a hurry to get to a destination and think that they can essentially “beat” the light.
However, some drivers who run red lights maintain that their light was still green and, therefore, they had the right of way when the accident occurred. Often legal disputes occur as neither party can agree on who was at fault for the accident.
If you have been injured by another driver running a red light, you need an attorney who understands Maryland traffic laws and will fight for you to receive possible compensation for your injuries. Contact our law offices today by calling (410) 484-0400 and scheduling a free initial consultation. We can review the aspects of your case and help to make a determination as to how best to move forward.
What are the Legal Ramifications of Running a Red Light and Causing an Accident?
Maryland state law stipulates that running a red light itself is punishable by a simple fine and a traffic citation. However, if an individual directly causes a traffic collision by running a red light, they then face the possibility of criminal charges, as stated previously. Failing to stop at a red light is considered to be negligence and is consequently considered to be criminal in nature. By causing an accident, the driver opens themselves up to both criminal charges and civil litigation.
Can I Sue the Driver That Ran the Red Light and Hit Me?
Running a red light in Maryland qualifies as being negligent. Therefore, you are permitted to file a lawsuit against another driver who hit you by running a red light. It should be understood that even if the other driver is never criminally charged for not stopping at the red light, you are still able to file a civil lawsuit against them.
If you do decide to file a lawsuit, you and any passengers who may have been in the car when the accident occurred may be entitled to compensation. Some of the factors that can be considered in this include the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Damaged personal property
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you are in a position where you feel you must file a lawsuit against another driver for the injuries that you have sustained, contact our law offices and speak with one of our personal injury attorneys, who can assist you with all of the legal aspects of your case.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Represent Me if I Sue Another Driver for Running a Red Light?
Traffic laws and the rules that surround lawsuits can be overly complex and difficult to understand on your own. An experienced car accident attorney who understands traffic laws can assist you in filing your lawsuit against the driver who hit you.
The attorneys at our law firm understand that this can be a very stressful and emotional time for you. We strive to work diligently to recover any potential compensation that you may deserve. Call our law offices at (410) 484-0400 today and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.