Accidents Caused by Failure to Obey a Traffic Signal

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Traffic controls must be understood and obeyed in order to prevent Rhode Island Rhode Island auto accidents, particularly at dangerous intersections. In Rhode Island, traffic control devices such as signs, signals and markings are used to regulate the flow of traffic and warn drivers about hazards. The purpose of these devices is to promote orderly movement of vehicles and improve safety.

Unfortunately, every year many serious accidents occur because individuals fail to obey traffic controls. Some common examples of an intersection accident include failing to stop at a stop sign, running a red light or failing to yield.

Hurt In An Intersection Accident?

Have you been hurt or lost a loved one in an accident caused by another driver who failed to obey a traffic light, stop sign or other form of traffic control? If so, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your losses.

Marasco & Nesselbush can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. As Rhode Island’s premier personal injury law firm, our attorneys have successfully resolved many cases involving failure to obey traffic controls. We are proud of our record of achieving extraordinary legal results for car accident victims.

Marasco & Nesselbush is committed to securing just compensation for clients to allow them to move beyond devastating injuries and losses. Find out how we can help you now. To request a free, confidential case consultation, call us or fill out our online contact form.

How Disobeying Traffic Controls Causes Crashes

According to Rhode Island law, “The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable to him or her placed in accordance with the provisions of chapters 12 – 27 of this title, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer… .”

Failure to follow traffic control devices causes numerous deaths and injuries every year in Rhode Island. Disobeying traffic controls can cause traffic accidents in many ways.

Accidents can result from disobeying any of these and other types of traffic controls:

  • Regulatory signs  These are put in place to prevent accidents by regulating vehicles and the flow of traffic. Examples include stop signs, yield signs, no parking signs, speed limit signs, do not enter signs, wrong way signs, one-way traffic signs and many others. Violations of regulatory signs cause some of the most severe car crashes, particularly those that happen at intersections.
  • Warning signs  Warning signs are meant to warn drivers about possible hazards. These include no passing signs, school zone signs, railroad crossing signs, animal crossing signs and road construction signs, among many others. Ignoring these signs can increase the risk of a serious accident.
  • Traffic Lights  Traffic lights are put in place to control the flow of traffic through intersections and other junctions. They are extremely important and without them accidents would occur far more frequently. Unfortunately, not everyone obeys them. Running a red light can result in a high-impact collision that could cause serious bodily injury and even death.

Finding Evidence of Failure to Obey Traffic Signals

There are a number of types of evidence that may be used to establish that the driver who caused your accident failed to obey a road sign, traffic light or other form of traffic control. For example, witnesses may offer testimony about who had the green light or who ran the stop sign. There may even be video evidence from a vehicle’s dash camera or a security camera located nearby.

Photos of the accident scene may also play an important role in establishing fault on the part of the other driver. The investigation performed by the police who respond to the accident call may also be useful, though it is important to keep in mind that the police do not determine civil liability for accidents.

The car accident lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush often work with accident reconstructionists and other experts to determine the true cause of a car crash. It is important to speak with one of our attorneys as soon as possible after an accident so we can get started on an investigation. Evidence can disappear with time, so promptly beginning an investigation is critical.

Our Rhode Island Lawyers Help Victims of Failure to Yield Accidents

If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone who failed to obey traffic controls, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Our firm has helped many individuals who suffered injuries due to another driver’s failure to yield, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to obey a traffic light or failure to obey another type of traffic control.

You should contact an experienced attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, as soon as possible. Our attorneys are ready to investigate your case. If the evidence shows that someone else’s failure to yield or another form of negligence caused your crash, we can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.

Our car accident lawyers can negotiate with the insurer to get maximum compensation in a settlement so all your losses caused by the at-fault driver are fully covered. If the insurance company refuses to be reasonable, we are prepared to go to court to make sure you get all the money you are entitled to.

With many years of experience helping injured clients in a wide variety of car accident cases, Marasco & Nesselbush can provide the skilled representation you need to recover full compensation for your losses in a crash caused by another driver’s failure to obey traffic signals. During your free consultation, we’ll inform you about your legal rights and options and answer any questions you have. Call us now or contact us online to get started.


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