The number of people across South Carolina and the nation who are losing their lives as a result of motorists running red lights is rising sharply, and so, too, are the number of injuries suffered in crashes caused by red-light runners. At DeBerry Law Firm, LLC, we recognize that, when other drivers fail to exercise caution at red lights, they threaten the safety of everyone else on the roadway, and we have assisted many people who suffered injuries or lost loved ones because of red-light runners seek recourse.

According to, the number of people in the United States losing their lives because of red-light runners has reached a 10-year high, with 939 people dying due to these circumstances in just 2017. This is a 28% increase over the number of lives lost due to these conditions in 2012, suggesting that legislators, safety advocates and others must do more to protect the safety of motorists at signaled intersections.

In South Carolina, specifically, 11 people lost their lives because of drivers running red lights in 2017, with 128 people dying because of red-light runners within state lines since 2008. While relying on other motorists to exercise care on your behalf may not do much to enhance your safety, there are a few things you may be able to do to reduce your chances of becoming a statistic.

First, try tapping your brakes a few times as you come to a stop at a light. Doing so may make other drivers behind you more aware that it is time to stop. Similarly, hold off for a second or two after a light turns green before proceeding through an intersection. Learn more about car crashes by visiting our webpage.