Traffic signals help keep motorists moving in a safe and orderly fashion. Failing to stop at a red light or racing to get through as the light changes can increase your risk of car accidents resulting in serious injuries for you, any passengers in your vehicle, and other motorists. This type of reckless behavior also puts bicyclists and pedestrians at risk. In addition to the potential liability you face if a crash does occur, breaking this law can result in heavy fines and points on your license, which could jeopardize your driving privileges.
Previously, we pointed out statistics from Target Zero Nevada which indicate that over a four-year period, more than 300 people were killed and close to 2,400 were injured as the result of intersection crashes. Failing to stop at red lights or to heed changing traffic signals is another leading factor that can make these types of accidents more likely to occur, which often result in potentially serious and fatal injuries.
Under the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 484B.307), all roadway users are required to follow instructions conveyed by colored traffic signals, including motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. No doubt, their lack the protection in collisions with motor vehicle puts these people at an increased risk when intersection crashes do occur. Anytime a driver behaves recklessly or violates the law, such as by running a red light, they can be held financially responsible for any injuries or property damages that occur as a result. Even if an accident does not occur but you get stopped for disregarding traffic signals by Las Vegas law enforcement, you could be facing fines of up to $395, along with an assessment of four demerit points on your driver’s license.
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The Nevada Driver Handbook provides clear guidelines for stopping at amber or red lights on roadways and in intersections:
Not following these instructions can result in a traffic ticket, while putting you and others at risk. If you have been injured by another driver who ran a traffic light, it may be in your best interest to reach out to a Las Vegas car accident attorney for help.
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