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How Malfunctioning Traffic Lights Lead to Accidents

Traffic lights are an essential part of our lives. They direct traffic and ensure that every driver can share the road in a safe and efficient manner. But what happens when a traffic light fails to operate? Unlike an accident in which one driver is distracted and crashes into another, a problem with a traffic light would be out of every driver’s control.

In such cases, it is important to have a reliable team of Phoenix traffic light lawyers on your side. Determining who is responsible for malfunctioning traffic light and subsequent accident can be difficult. But The Husband and Wife Law Team will work with you to determine the best course of action when filing your case. Contact our office today at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation.

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What Causes Malfunctioning Traffic Lights?

The most common causes include:

  • Wear and tear of aging equipment.
  • High winds and other hazardous weather bringing down the electrical lines feeding traffic signals.
  • Power outages.
  • Criminals or vandals destroying or tampering with traffic control equipment.
  • Negligent drivers causing damage to control boxes and signal light poles.

It is not always known just what has caused a traffic light to break. No matter what causes a traffic light issue, however, it is important for each driver to stay alert and be mindful of other vehicles while out on the road.

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Who Is at Fault for a Defective Traffic Light?

Even if traffic lights and signals are malfunctioning, it is still the responsibility of each driver to proceed with caution. In fact, there are certain rules indicating what a driver should do in such scenarios:

  • The traffic light is flashing red: Treat a flashing red light as you would a stop sign at an intersection by making a complete stop and proceeding through when it is your turn to do so. If more than one driver stops at the same time, the vehicle to your right goes first.
  • The traffic light if flashing yellow: In the event that a traffic light is flashing yellow, drivers are expected to slow down and proceed through the intersection with caution. Remember to be very alert and aware of other drivers.
  • The traffic light is out entirely and not showing any type of signal: Treat a traffic light with no lights flashing as you would a four-way stop sign and obey the right-of-way rules. Be very cautious and aware of other drivers.

The danger comes when other drivers may not be as aware of a defective traffic signal or not know how to proceed in such scenarios. But ignorance of the law is not a defense, and if someone crashes into you because he didn’t know how to behave with a flashing light, he would still be liable for your injuries.

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How to File a Traffic Light Accident Claim

It is difficult to prove liability in the event of a traffic-light-related auto accident. Each driver involved in the accident will often tell a conflicting story. In such cases, an eyewitness at the scene can be helpful in verifying how events actually unfolded.

Drivers involved in a traffic light accident may want to blame the government agency responsible for traffic signal design and maintenance. Unfortunately, government organizations often have immunity against such lawsuits, making it a challenge to actually hold them liable for defective traffic lights. However, government agencies may be held accountable if it can be proven that they did not fix a malfunctioning traffic light in a timely manner. For instance, if a government agency failed to address a broken traffic signal after numerous reports were made, they may be liable in a court case. If an accident occurs when an official is on his way to fix the traffic light, however, the injured driver most likely cannot file a claim against the government.

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Our Team Can Help With Your Injury Claim

Determining who is at fault when a traffic light malfunctions can be a daunting task, making it all the more important to have a highly skilled team of Phoenix car accident attorneys by your side. No matter who is liable, we will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

Insurance companies want to pay out the lowest amount possible in the event of an auto accident. But victims should not be the ones to pay for their medical costs, lost wages, and property damage because of a preventable accident. Learn more by contacting Breyer Law Offices, P.C., today at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation.

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