Running a red light is negligent and reckless. If a red-light runner caused your accident, they should pay for your treatment and other damages, not you. A red-light accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you seek compensation from the party responsible for your losses. We have been helping Florida car accident victims pursue justice since 2005 and offer responsive legal care.
One of our lawyers can investigate your Tampa accident and help get to the bottom of it. We want to identify both the party who caused it and exactly why it happened. Don’t worry about handling any part of your case, as we have it all covered. We will manage all aspects, from filing your insurance claim to gathering and preserving evidence to defending your rights in court if necessary.
Your Lawyer will Collect Evidence to Prove a Party’s Negligence
According to Florida Statutes § 316.075, drivers facing a red light must come to a complete stop before entering an intersection. Their vehicle must remain stopped until the light turns green. This means that when a driver runs a red light, they are illegally in the intersection. This can result in the red-light runner’s vehicle crashing into another vehicle that is lawfully traveling through.
With this knowledge, we can hold the red-light runner accountable for their wrongdoing. In any personal injury case, evidence is important, and there are several forms of it that can help establish the red-light runner’s negligence, such as:
The Accident Report
One critical piece of information your attorney can use to build your case is the official report of your crash. The law enforcement officer who investigated your accident makes this report. According to Florida Statutes § 316.066, it includes the date, time, and place of the crash, the names, addresses, and insurance information of the parties involved, and the names and addresses of eyewitnesses.
If a law enforcement officer was not at the scene, you must complete a crash report within ten days of your accident. You can learn more about accident reporting and report your crash online at the Florida Crash Portal.
Red-light cameras are legal in Florida. These surveillance devices photograph drivers who run stoplights. According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV), local jurisdictions have more than 500 active red-light cameras. If a red-light camera captured footage of your crash, your attorney can use it to prove a red-light runner caused your accident.
Other Liable Parties
Sometimes, a red-light accident can occur because a driver is unable to control their vehicle. Faulty brakes or a blown tire could cause a driver to unintentionally run a stoplight. If you or the other driver could not stop at the red light because of a vehicle defect, our red-light accident lawyer in Tampa can help you with a claim against the vehicle maker or the maker of the vehicle’s defective parts.
Problems with the roadway or with the traffic light may also be to blame. If the traffic light was not functioning, a vehicle was unable to stop because of poor road conditions, or some other environmental factor caused your crash, your case could be against the owner of the roadway.
Contacting and speaking with witnesses, if there were any, can also help point to the liable party. We will reach out to any witnesses and arrange interviews with them to hear their accounts. It is important to have neutral, third-party individuals involved in your case as their statements are objective and unbiased.
You May Deserve Awards to Help with Your Healing and More
If you have severe injuries, the $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) mandated by Florida Statutes § 627.736 may not be enough to pay for all of your medical treatment. To win damages for your past and future medical care and more, you may need to pursue a liability claim with the other driver’s insurance company.
A red-light accident lawyer from our firm can help you seek compensation for:
- Doctor and specialist visits
- Surgeries and other procedures
- Hospital stays and the cost of inpatient care
- Home health aides
- Mobility aids
- Physical therapy
- Cognitive rehabilitation services
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
We will Not Let Insurance Companies Pressure You Into an Unfair Settlement
A serious injury can mean a lengthy recovery. While you heal, you still have rent or a mortgage that needs paid and other bills coming in. Insurance companies know this, and they may use this knowledge to pressure you into accepting a settlement that is less than you may deserve.
Let the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine fight for you. We are familiar with how insurance companies operate. We will do everything we can to try to recover compensation on your behalf. If insurance denies your claim, we can assist you with a lawsuit.
Insurance negotiations can take time. The sooner you reach out to our team, the sooner we can move forward with your claim.
Red-Light Accidents are Not Uncommon
Failing to obey a stoplight is a serious and dangerous driving offense. Red-light runners can cause severe injuries to innocent motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In fact, red-light accidents cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries every year, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).
Running a red light is reckless behavior in and of itself. The IIHS found that red-light runners were more likely than other drivers to have had previous crashes and prior convictions for driving under the influence (DUI). Red-light runners also are more likely to be speeding, drunken driving, or driving without a license at the time of their accident.
Speeding and driving while intoxicated are proof of negligent driving. Your lawyer can use this and other evidence to show that another driver is responsible for your injuries.
Our Team Can Help
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is standing by with our award-winning legal team, ready to serve you. A red-light accident lawyer from our firm can help you seek fair compensation for your Tampa car accident case as quickly as possible. To that end, we work for our clients on contingency, meaning you owe us nothing unless we win a settlement in your favor.
We offer responsive legal care. We want to help you win financial compensation, but we also want to help you get your life back. We can help you get your car fixed and schedule any necessary appointments for you.
Call Now for Your Free, No-Risk, No-Obligation Case Evaluation
Call us at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. A team member will listen to the details of your case and discuss your options and rights with you. You do not have forever to take action against a negligent party, so do not wait to seek legal assistance.