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Q: Why do so many Palm Beach car accidents happen at red lights?

A: According to Florida traffic laws, vehicles that are approaching a red light “shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection.” It may seem unlikely that injuries can happen when all vehicles are supposed to be at a complete stop.

Unfortunately, red lights are a common site of Florida auto accidents many of which could be prevented if drivers practiced a little extra road safety. A few factors that can cause intersection accidents in Palm Beach include:

  • Speeding : Some motorists believe that a yellow light is a signal to speed up, in order to make it through the intersection without waiting. What they do not realize is that entering an intersection at a high speed is not only more likely to cause an accident, but will increase the injuries that result due to higher impact.
  • Traffic convergence : Stop lights are simply a way to allow drivers to take turns getting from point A to point B safely. However, the sudden influx of cross traffic on a straight road can cause drivers to become impatient, causing late-braking and tailgating collisions.
  • Mixed commuters : Red light accidents can be particularly deadly for residents using alternative transportation. Bikers and pedestrians are commonly hit by drivers running red lights or speeding around a corner too quickly to check for people in the crosswalk.

If someone you love was injured in a Florida car accident, don’t wait. Get help today by calling Fetterman & Associates at 561-845-2510.

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