Girl Hit by Red Light Runner While Walking to School
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 02, 2016 in Auto Accidents
In yet another incident of careless driving in Peoria, AZ, a 16 year-old girl was struck by a vehicle that ran a red light as she was walking to school Tuesday morning.
The extent of the girl’s injuries are not known at this time; however, medical responders at the scene stated the girl’s injuries were life-threatening.
Less than one month ago, ten people were injured after a vehicle ran a red light at the intersection of N 91st Avenue and Cactus Road in Peoria, making local law officials particularly concerned about a rise in red light runners in the community.
Known Details of the Recent Accident
At around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, a 16-year-old student was attempting to cross the street at the intersection of 87th Avenue and Lake Pleasant Parkway.
The girl was crossing the street at the designated crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at a red light.
After running the red light, the driver pulled over and cooperated fully with authorities who arrived at the scene shortly thereafter.
According to Peoria Police Officer Brandon Sheffert, the driver did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
The girl is a student at Sunrise Mountain High School and was on her way to morning classes when she was struck by the red light runner.
Red Light Running Concerns
The accident comes less than one month after a red light runner caused a six vehicle pileup at N 91st Avenue and Cactus Road.
Three people were rushed to the hospital with severe, life-threatening injuries after the accident, and seven people were treated for injuries at the scene.
The recent incidents of drivers running red lights has prompted local authorities and members of the community to discuss the pros and cons of installing red light cameras at high traffic intersections throughout Arizona.
Advocates of the cameras feel their installation will provide added safety by helping crack down on the number of drivers running red lights.
Those who oppose the cameras feel they may actually increase accidents due to red light running. A study released by American Traffic Solutions, Inc. in Scottsdale indicated a possible rise in accidents at intersections where cameras are installed.
Whether an intersection is equipped or not with a camera, it is important for drivers and pedestrians to stay alert to their surroundings at all times to help decrease the likelihood of being involved in an accident.
If you or someone you love received injuries after being struck by a red light runner, contact the experienced Peoria auto accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group today. A Scottsdale injury lawyer from our firm can help you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.