Traffic signals alert drivers as to when they need to stop on roadways. In special circumstances, such as road construction or special events, workers and police officers may direct traffic. If drivers fail to stop, a deadly accident may result.
All drivers are required to exercise a reasonable amount of caution as they travel on public roadways. This includes stopping at appropriate times, such as:
- At red lights
- At stop signs
- At yield signs, when another vehicle is approaching
- At crosswalks
- At the direction of a flagman
- At the direction of a police officer
- For school buses
- At railroad crossings
- At drawbridges
Failing to stop in any of these situations may cause serious injury or death.
Defenses to failure to stop for traffic signal accidents
At-fault drivers may use a number of arguments to try to avoid or reduce liability for the harm they cause in these accidents. They may argue:
- The traffic signal was faulty
- The driver could not see the stop signal
- The crosswalk or limit line paint had faded
- The officer or construction worker was unclear when giving directions
Your personal injury attorney will know how to weaken these arguments.
The importance of hiring an attorney in failure to stop for traffic signal claims
If you were injured by a driver who failed to stop for a traffic signal, you may think that the case will be an easy win. However, this is not always true. Many at-fault drivers attempt to shift liability to victims, making what seems to be a simple liability case a complicated, contested claim. Insurance companies are eager for any opportunity to deny a claim.
However, with a strong personal injury attorney, your legal rights will be protected. Personal injury attorneys know exactly what evidence is needed to support a claim, and they easily identify arguments the other party makes that are without merit. Personal injury attorneys take over the legal battle for their clients so that their clients may focus on healing and recovering from their injuries.
Providing proof of your damages to your attorney
In a personal injury case, a victim seeks damages that were caused by the accident. The purpose of damages is to make a victim “whole” again. A victim must provide sufficient proof of damages, however. This proof is typically in the form of:
- Medical bills
- Medical records
- Records of lost wages
- Prescription records
- Eyewitness statements
- Accident reports
- Counseling records
- Estimates of future medical care
- Itemized bills for making alterations to one’s home (such as wheelchair ramps)
If you were injured, contact our offices today
There are deadlines that limit the length of time a victim has to file a claim. Schedule your free consultation with Stein & Shulman as soon as possible so that we may evaluate your legal options. We have over forty years of combined experience and are not afraid to take on the insurance companies. Call (312) 422-0500.