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Fatal Gwinnett County Accident Tragic Reminder of the Danger of Running Red Lights

December 14, 2011

A recent tragic accident serves as a sad reminder of the sudden, unexpected tragedy that can occur when basic traffic safety rules are violated. An elderly Gwinnett County couple was involved in a fatal collision when a driver ran a red light while driving southbound on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, according to a police spokesman.

When the driver entered the intersection against the red light, he collided with a first vehicle, which did not result in any injuries, but then according to media reports, he struck the driver side of a second vehicle turning left from Riverside Parkway onto Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. The elderly man who was driving died at the accident scene while an elderly female passenger died later after being transported to the hospital.

An intersection can be a dangerous place when drivers fail to pay attention or disregard traffic signals. While this current accident is still under investigation, the driver who ran the red light is facing two counts of vehicular homicide and one charge of failing to obey a traffic signal. Although the fatal collision is still under investigation, many car accidents caused by drivers who run red lights involve factors such as DUI/DWI, distracted driving, speeding or other unsafe driving practices. While these types of factors are not always present, it is reasonably rare that drivers simply barrel through an intersection against a red light and disregard the traffic signal unless some other traffic violation is involved.

This tragic Gwinnett County intersection crash highlights the danger involved in a T-bone accident. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that T-bone accidents account for almost thirty percent of all car crashes in the United States and over twenty percent of all traffic-related fatalities. When a car is subject to a side impact collision, there is simply less steel between the vehicle occupants and the point of impact.

While this particular accident occurred at an intersection with a traffic signal, many T-bone accidents at intersections are caused by poor roadway design. Some intersections lack both stop signs and traffic signals, creating a heightened risk of a dangerous T-bone accident. Another common roadway design safety issue involves intersections that previously had a small volume of traffic that over time see significant increases in the amount of traffic without appropriate safety adjustments such as adding traffic lights, speed limit adjustments, stop signs and other traffic control measures. Sadly, it often takes a series of accidents over a prolonged period of time before a public entity will identify an unsafe intersection and make appropriate changes.

If you are injured by a driver who runs a stop light or stop sign because the driver is not paying attention, violating the speed limit or driving while intoxicated or distracted, or violating any other traffic law, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries. At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Atlanta accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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