Running a red light may not be the most significant traffic violation, but it can lead to serious crashes. If you were injured by a red-light runner, then you may have good grounds for a personal injury claim here in Connecticut. An attorney may gather the necessary evidence against the defendant for you.
Benefits of Red-Light Cameras
Connecticut has not been so enthusiastic about red-light cameras, so you and other accident victims are being deprived of one substantial way to gain evidence. Cameras come with other benefits, too. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says they reduce red-light running violations by around 40%. Large cities with cameras experience 21% fewer red-light running crash deaths than other large cities.
The Controversy Around Cameras
This state is far from the only one that has not warmed up to cameras. In fact, over 100 communities across the U.S. have removed their cameras since 2012, the peak year, so that there are now just over 400 communities that use the devices.
Loss of public support is the main factor in this. Many cities with cameras think more about generating revenue than about preventing crashes. Chicago, for example, had the largest red-light camera system in 2014, but it shortened its yellow light duration so as to give out more traffic tickets. This change also led to more rear-end collisions.
Experience Makes a Big Difference
Even without red-light cameras capturing the crash you were in, you may be able to rely on eyewitnesses for testimony. There are many ways to build up cases involving motor vehicle accidents, but they may require legal assistance. You might want a case evaluation from a lawyer who has experience in personal injury law. You may then find out how much you might recover in damages.