Virginia motorists typically understand that a yellow light is a signal to slow down. However, some drivers may attempt to go through an intersection before the light turns red. In some U.S. jurisdictions, a traffic camera may take a picture of any vehicles that attempt to run a red light. While these are supposedly meant to keep roads safe, some believe that red light cameras are designed to generate revenue.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), these cameras do help prevent accidents from occurring. Crash fatalities went down by 21% in areas that had cameras, and traffic violations went down 40% in areas that were monitored by cameras. Researchers have noted that other factors could play a role in whether crashes and crash fatalities go up or down in a given year.
As the economy grows, more vehicles are on the road, which could increase the chance of accidents and traffic fatalities. Those who study the issue say that the public should be made aware of any cameras that are installed. This may help to change the perception that they are there simply to help local governments take money away from motorists.
Drivers, passengers or pedestrians who are injured in motor vehicle accidents may be able to get compensation for medical bills or other damages incurred. These damages might include money spent to replace lost or damaged property, missed wages or lost future earnings. However, to obtain compensation, injured victims must generally show that they were hurt because of another party’s negligence. If a driver runs a red light, he or she may have violated a duty of care to others on the road.