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National Stop on Red Week is Devoted to Traffic Safety

The second week in August marks a week devoted to keeping our roads and communities safe. August 4th through the 10th is National Stop on Red Week. This event observes the importance of stopping at red lights and stop signs. Whether the roads are empty or you’re stuck in stand-still rush hour traffic, the laws of the road are implemented for an important purpose. To ensure the safety of you and those around you. Getting from point A to point B as safely as possible should be your main objective. This week provides us with the opportunity to promote road safety and remind the community why stopping at stop signs and traffic lights is imperative to your safety. Despite the hustle and bustle of your day, safety should be the number one priority.

Failing to abide by traffic laws can lead to serious injury to yourself or another party involved. These types of accidents can result in the following injuries:

  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Bruises
  • Broken bones

Running a red light or a stop sign and causing a serious collision may also result in death.

If you are involved in a car accident involving someone who ran a red light or stop sign you should do the following:

  • If you are able, move your car to a safe area away from traffic.
  • Safely remove yourself and any passengers from the motor vehicle.
  • Check on everyone who is involved.
  • Call the police to the scene and medical assistance if needed.
  • File a police report.
  • Gather information from the other party. This may include driver’s license information, insurance information, license plate number, and contact information.
  • Document the scene. Take pictures of the immediate damage.

Following these tips will ensure you have optimal results.

Often times people run red lights because they simply cannot stop on time. Stopping abruptly can cause a rear-end accident which could be just as dangerous as running through a red light or stop sign. Read the situation and always keep safety the number one priority. Red light and stop sign violations often stem from speeding. Slowing down and following the speed limit is the first step to stopping on time. Avoiding distractions also contributes to a safer environment behind the wheel. Always stay alert behind the wheel and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

National Stop on Red Week does not only emphasize the importance of stopping at red traffic lights and stop signs, but it highlights general traffic safety. While we can take all the safety precautions in the world it is still impossible to control the actions of others. If you or a loved one are involved in an incident dealing with a person who ran a red light or stop sign, call a Spiros Law attorney. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping you every step of the way. Let us worry about medical bills and insurance companies so you can focus on your recovery. Call us at (217) 328-2828 and let us take a weight off of your shoulders.