Sacramento Driver Fatally Injured After Running Red Light at Excessive Speed

An act of reckless driving led to one fatality and two other serious injuries in Sacramento over the weekend. Police are reporting that a driver traveling at over 80mph collided with two cars after running a red light at the intersection of Florin Perkins and Elder Creek roads. The 22-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while two other drivers were taken to a local hospital to treat what Police are calling "serious injuries."

The accident occurred at around 8:30pm on the evening of Sunday, April 12th. This is a time of day when many drivers are out on the roads, making this unsafe behavior all the more reckless and irresponsible. Drivers that exhibit behavior such as speeding, ignoring stop lights and stop signs, or otherwise disregarding the rules of the road put not only themselves, but everyone around them at risk.

Tragically, two uninvolved motorists are now facing serious injuries and a long road to recovery because of one driver's poor decision making.

In 2013, the state of California increased the penalty for running a red light in an effort to discourage this dangerous and risky behavior. Running a red light in California now warrants a fine of between $450 and $500. These penalties are enforced not only by Police patrolling the state's roads and highways, but also by a vast system of traffic cameras posted at strategic intersections.

Here are some statistics about the dangers of running a red light.

• In 2013, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study which found that 93% of drivers believed it unacceptable to run a red light if it was possible for them to stop safely. Despite a majority of respondents holding this opinion, 35% of drivers polled still admitted to running a red light in the past 30 days.
• The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conducted multiple studies about the effect of installing red light cameras at intersections. The organization found that after installing red light cameras at an intersection, violations for running red lights dropped by roughly 40%, and the total amount of fatal crashes at the intersection was reduced by 24%.
• Studies have found that among drivers involved in multi-vehicle crashes caused by running a red light, drivers that ignored the light were more likely to drive at excessive speeds, drive while intoxicated, and not possess a valid driver's license.

All California drivers have a responsibility to safely share the roads. Speeding, texting while driving, intoxication and reckless driving have no place on the roads and highways of Sacramento or California as a whole.

Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Accident and Personal Injury law firm would like to remind everyone to obey the posted speed limit and pay attention to traffic lights and other road signs so that we can all arrive at our destinations safely.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless or negligent driver, you will need the experienced legal counsel of Del Rio & Carichoff. Call us todayto speak with a dedicated, compassionate Sacramento, California Auto Accident attorney for FREE. We will review the details of your case and fight aggressively to ensure you receive the full compensation for your serious injuries.

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