Police Say Red Light Runner Caused Serious Accident on Hampton’s Fox Hill Road

By Griff O'Hanlon, Hampton Injury Lawyer

Last week a child died when a pickup truck apparently ran a red light in Norfolk, hitting a van.

Just days later a red light runner appears to have caused another accident – this time in Hampton. WAVY.com reported on how a serious multi-vehicle accident was reported on the 2100 block of Fox Hill Road on Saturday evening.

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Police spokeswoman Ashley Jenrette said a sedan ran a red light on East Mercury Boulevard at high speed and struck a Chrysler SUV while attempting to make a left turn.

Three people were transported to local hospital. One of the victims was reported to be  suffering from life-threatening injuries. The accident led to a closure of Fox Hill Road to eastbound near East Mercury Boulevard.

The Daily Press reported Hampton police officers located two vehicles involved in a crash that included an adult male who was suffering from critical injuries. He remained in a critical condition on Sunday. A 22-year-old male, and a 15-year-old female, were also transported to a local hospital with what appeared to be injuries that were not life-threatening. My thoughts are with those who were injured in this crash.

Intersections are the scenes of numerous serious accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there are 2.5 Million intersection accidents every year in the United States. Most of these crashes involve left turns.

Nationally, 40 percent of all highway crashes involve intersections, the second largest category of accidents. Rear end collisions are the most common type of crash. One in five of all fatal collisions occur at intersections.

An estimated 165,000 accidents every year are caused by red light runners. Fatalities caused by red light runners run from 700-800 a year.

When you are approaching an intersection, you should exercise care. Do not try to beat the lights if they are turning red and watch out for inattentive or reckless drivers. Make sure to slow down well in advance of an intersection. Exercise defensive driving techniques.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a red light runner, you have rights. Call us at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

 

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