A red light accident can happen in a variety of ways. Here are some of the most common scenarios:
- Getting rear-ended while stopped: This happens when a driver fails to stop in time and hits another vehicle from behind at a red light.
- A car runs a red light and enters an intersection: Drivers who disregard red lights often cause serious crashes. For example, they typically broadside another vehicle that has the right-of-way, or they get broadside while entering an intersection.
- A driver makes a left turn without yielding: These car accidents happen when a driver makes a left turn at a red light without yielding to oncoming traffic with the right-of-way.
The most common procedure when a traffic light is not working is to treat the intersection as a four-way stop. This means that all vehicles must come to a complete stop. The right-of-way should be determined based on the order of arrival. The first vehicle to arrive should be the first to proceed.
Exercise caution when approaching and crossing an intersection. Be extra vigilant and patient, as not all drivers may be familiar with or follow the four-way stop rule. Also, indicate your intentions by using turn signals. This lets other drivers know which way you intend to turn.