Traffic signals are vital for maintaining order on Johns Creek roads. When a driver fails to follow a signal, it can easily lead to a serious accident. If you or someone you love were injured in this type of crash, a Johns Creek failure to obey traffic signals lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation.
John Foy & Associates is here to help. We have been helping accident victims win the compensation they deserve for more than 20 years. We can help you build a strong case and file a claim for recovery after another driver injures you in an accident.
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How Traffic Signals Work in Johns Creek
Traffic signals are also known as traffic lights. They control the flow of traffic, especially when other signs, such as stop signs, will not be effective enough.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) has been working to optimize Georgia traffic signals with the latest technology and a few different government programs. That includes the following turn signals:
- Solid green arrows: the driver has the right of way for those turning left
- Flashing yellow arrows: the driver can turn left after yielding to pedestrians and oncoming traffic
- Solid yellow arrows: drive must stop or turn out of the intersection before the arrow turns red
- Solid red arrows: drive is not allowed to turn
Traffic signals also include green, yellow, and red traffic lights signaling drivers to go, slow down, or stop, respectively.
Drivers should be able to understand traffic signals and use them when on the road. If a driver fails to obey a traffic signal, it’s a traffic violation that can have serious consequences.
Your Legal Options After a Traffic Signals Accident You Did Not Cause
If you were injured because another driver in Johns Creek ran a red light or failed to obey a traffic signal in some other way, you should not have to pay for the damages. You have options.
In Georgia, the at-fault party in a car accident is responsible for all of the damages. If the other driver was at fault, you have the right to file an injury claim against them and their insurance company. This claim should demonstrate that:
- The driver owed you a duty of care;
- That duty of care was breached;
- The breached duty resulted in the accident; and
- You suffered injuries and other damages because of the accident.
All drivers in Georgia have a duty to drive safely and not cause harm. So, if the driver’s negligence (by not obeying the traffic signal) led to your accident, they have breached that duty. Your personal injury claim will need to show that the driver’s actions led to your accident and damages.
It’s best to contact a Johns Creek failure to obey traffic signals lawyer as soon as you can. They can let you know all of your legal options and help you build a strong case. Your lawyer can also help you deal with the other driver’s insurance company, as the insurer will look for ways to reduce what they have to pay you.
If you’re worried or have questions about hiring a lawyer, contact John Foy & Associates for a FREE consultation. There is no fee to you unless we win you money, so there’s no risk in reaching out. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your FREE consultation.
What to Do if a Failure to Obey Traffic Signals Leads to Your Accident
After an auto accident, it’s important to preserve what evidence you can. If you are not injured too badly to do so, you can:
- Take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, and your vehicle damage;
- Talk to any witnesses and get their contact information;
- Exchange names, contact information, and insurance information with the other driver(s); and
- Take pictures of or write down anything else significant about the accident.
You should also report the accident to the police if there are any injuries, deaths, or property damage worth $500 or more (Georgia Code § 40-6-273). When officers respond to the scene, they should create an accident report with details about the crash. You’ll want to obtain a copy of this report for your records and your case.
If you have injuries that are serious or life-threatening, don’t delay getting medical treatment. Call 911 for an ambulance or tell the dispatcher you need help when you report the accident. If your injuries are not life-threatening, see a doctor as soon as possible after leaving the scene.
The more you can document the accident, the better. That includes your damages like medical costs, lost wages, and repair costs. Keep all bills, receipts, and other evidence of losses from the crash.
Evidence Against a Driver Who Didn’t Obey Traffic Signals
Fault is sometimes hard to determine after a car accident. The judge might not see enough evidence that the other driver caused the accident directly or the insurance company might try to blame you for what happened. However, when a driver doesn’t obey traffic signals, it really works against them.
Traffic lights are clear in what they indicate: Red means stop, yellow means slow down, and green means go. If the other driver ran a red light at an intersection and hit your vehicle, there was nothing you could do to avoid the accident. The other driver was clearly negligent.
If you can prove that the other driver violated a traffic signal rule, it can be really powerful for your case. Your lawyer will help you gather evidence, such as traffic camera footage or witness statements from other people who saw the light was red, to support your claim.
Talk to a Johns Creek Failure to Obey Traffic Signals Lawyer for Free Today
Don’t let someone else get away with an accident they caused. You should not have to pay for the damages you now face. To get legal help today—and at no risk—call John Foy & Associates. With more than 20 years of experience, we know what it takes to win cases.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started with your FREE consultation today.