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Stop Light and Stop Sign Violations Among the Leading Cause of U.S. Fatalities

The temptation of rolling through a stop sign or running a red light might be compelling when a car operator is in a rush. But is it worth it? Suppose a driver is in a hurry or just impatient, and they run a red light. That action will only save a few moments in exchange for the possibility of a serious accident or even a fatality.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), stop sign and stop light violations are “among the leading causes of death in the United States.” Perhaps even worse, these violations are “the leading cause of death for children, teens, and young adults up to age 34.”

Disregarding Traffic Signals—Consequences in Minnesota 

At an intersection, to be safe and protect others, stop sign and stop light signs should always be obeyed. Before a vehicle operator, bicyclist, or pedestrian enters an intersection on a green light, they should pause for a moment to be sure another driver isn’t going to disobey the law before proceeding.

A driver can be cited with a fine of up to $300 in Minnesota and there are possible ramifications for their driver’s license if they run a red light. Also, violators of stop signs and stop lights can incur an increase in their insurance premiums as well as the expense of property damage, if they cause a crash.

Red Light Running Catastrophes—Minnesota Car Accident Attorneys

According to the Minnesota Driver’s Manual, drivers must come to a complete stop at a stop sign and remain stopped until other cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians with the right of way are out of the intersection.

Minnesota traffic law permits drivers to turn right after they’ve come to a complete stop at a red light intersection. The exception to this law is when there is signage that indicates that there is a “No Turn on Red.” A flashing red light should be treated the same as a stop sign. 

Red Light and Stop Sign Accident Causes in Minnesota

  • A driver drives through the red light because they’re not paying attention or are driving recklessly
  •  Inclement weather such as rain, snow, icy roads
  • The sun obscuring the view of a stop light
  • A driver speeds through a yellow light but doesn’t make it and tries to stop but blows through the red light

Injuries for which Minnesota Car Accident Attorneys Win Damages

  • Bruising/contusions
  • Neck/back injuries
  • Crushed chest injuries
  • Torn or damaged ligaments/tendons
  • Fractures
  • Whiplash
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Internal bleeding/organ damage
  • Lacerations
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Wrongful death

Stop Light or Stop Sign Minnesota Car Accident Lawyers—Seek Medical Treatment Immediately

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, immediately seek the medical treatment you need. If you’re injured and don’t seek medical attention, it may harm your insurance claim or civil court litigation, because your injuries may not be viewed as seriously by an insurance company or jury.

Let Minnesota Car Accident Attorneys Sieben Edmunds Miller Handle the Insurance Company for You

It is prudent to hire a car accident law firm before you speak to either your insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurance company. While it may seem that the insurance employee who is assigned your claim has your best interest in mind, that’s not always true. Insurance companies are in business to profit, not pay out claims that they don’t have to. They may maneuver you into making what you think is an innocent statement but later try to use it against you to deny or minimize the damages they pay you.

It’s best to allow your car accident attorney to speak to the insurance company on your behalf. We know what to say and what not to say to protect your claim.

A Reckless, Careless Driver Injured You or Killed A Loved One

If a reckless or careless driver rolled through a stop sign or drove through a red light, the Minnesota car accident lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller can help recover damages if you or a loved one was injured. As a personal injury law firm, we’ve won impressive settlements for accident victims through insurance companies and civil court litigation.

Whether your injuries were caused by an Uber, Lyft, or Door Dash driver in Minnesota, an automobile, bus, or truck operator, we can negotiate with and, if necessary, battle the insurance company or litigate in a civil court to win the financial settlement you deserve.

Your Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation Are Free

After your free initial consultation, you are not obligated to hire us. But know that we’re ready and willing to negotiate with or battle an insurance company to win your rightful monetary damages. If the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair settlement amount, we’re prepared to litigate in a civil court so that you are compensated fairly.

No Up-Front Cost to You

Don’t worry about how much this will cost. You’ll never pay a penny out of your pocket for our legal fees. Only when we settle your case will we be paid a pre-agreed percentage of what we win for you.

Call or Email Us About Your Minnesota Stop Light Intersection Accident Today

The attorneys at Sieben Edmunds Miller law firm are highly skilled at negotiating and settling auto accident claims for our clients who’ve been injured or for those who lost a loved one killed because of an at-fault driver’s negligence.

With our decades of combined experience securing and winning millions for those injured in a car accident, we have the knowledge and experience to get you the monetary damages you deserve.

For your free initial consultation, call us at (651) 994-6744 or send us a note here. Rest assured, we will get back to you promptly, and if you hire us, begin the battle to win compensation for your damages.

Frequently Asked Questions about Red Light Accidents in Minnesota

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Can I still pursue a claim if the at-fault driver was not issued a ticket for running the red light?

Yes, even if the at-fault driver was not issued a ticket for running the red light, you may still pursue a claim for compensation. A traffic citation is not necessary to establish fault in a civil personal injury case. Your attorney can gather evidence, such as witness statements, accident reconstruction reports, and traffic camera footage, to support your claim. 

How long do I have to file a claim for a red-light accident in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim, including those arising from red light accidents, is typically two years from the date of the accident. It’s essential to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure your claim is filed within the statutory deadline. 

What if I was partially at fault for the red-light accident?

Minnesota follows a modified comparative fault system, which means that you may be eligible to recover damages as long as you aren’t determined to be 51% or more at fault for the accident. However, your compensation may be reduced by your percentage of fault. It’s crucial to discuss the specifics of your case with an attorney to understand how comparative fault may affect your claim. 

What if the at-fault driver was uninsured or underinsured?

If the at-fault driver in a red light accident was uninsured or underinsured, you may still have options for seeking compensation. Your attorney can explore alternative sources of compensation, such as uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage under your own insurance policy or pursuing a claim against other liable parties. 

Can I sue the municipality if a malfunctioning traffic light contributed to the accident?
In some cases, if a malfunctioning traffic light contributed to a red-light accident, it may be possible to pursue a claim against the municipality responsible for maintaining the traffic signal. These cases can be complex and require thorough investigation to determine liability. An experienced attorney can evaluate the circumstances of your accident and advise you on your legal options.
What types of compensation can I seek for injuries sustained in a red-light accident?

Victims of red-light accidents may be entitled to various types of compensation, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and future medical care costs. Additionally, in cases of severe injuries or wrongful death, compensation for long-term disability, loss of consortium, and funeral expenses may also be available. 

What evidence is important to gather after a red-light accident?
After a red-light accident, it’s crucial to gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim. This may include photos of the accident scene, contact information for witnesses, the at-fault driver’s insurance information, a copy of the police report, and any medical records documenting your injuries. Additionally, preserving any surveillance footage or traffic camera footage of the accident can be valuable evidence.
How long will it take to resolve my red-light accident claim?
The time it takes to resolve a red-light accident claim can vary depending on various factors, such as the complexity of the case, the severity of injuries, the willingness of the insurance company to negotiate, and whether litigation is necessary. Some cases may be resolved through settlement negotiations relatively quickly, while others may take longer, especially if they proceed to trial.
Can I still pursue a claim if the at-fault driver fled the scene of the accident?
Yes, you may still pursue a claim for compensation even if the at-fault driver fled the scene of the red-light accident. In hit-and-run cases, it’s essential to report the accident to the police immediately and gather as much information as possible about the fleeing vehicle, such as its make, model, color, and license plate number. You may also be able to seek compensation through your uninsured motorist coverage.
What should I do if the insurance company denies my red-light accident claim?

If the insurance company denies your red-light accident claim, it’s essential to consult with an experienced attorney to discuss your options. You may have grounds to appeal the denial or pursue litigation against the at-fault party. An attorney can review the details of your case, identify any potential weaknesses in the insurance company’s decision, and advocate on your behalf to seek the compensation you deserve. 

These FAQs are designed to provide general information. For personalized legal advice tailored to your specific situation, please contact us for a free case evaluation.

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