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Woman in wheelchair injured by car that ran red light

A woman in a wheelchair was injured when a driver, who ran a red light, struck her, according to WAVY-TV. The woman was crossing Settlers Landing Road, near Armistead Avenue in Hampton, Va., when the accident occurred. The victim suffered minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. 

We send out wishes for a speedy and full recovery to the victim and are thankful that she only suffered non-life threatening injuries. An accident like this could have resulted in much worse, such as serious injury and or fatality. Smartmotorist.com reports that 800 people die each year as the result of accidents involving drivers who run red lights. An additional 200,000-plus people are injured each year in these type of accidents.

Accidents like this are easily preventable, if and when drivers take their time and obey the traffic lights. We understand that there are certain circumstances when drivers may feel in a rush, like running late for work or an important event, however, there is never a reason to put your life and the life of others in danger by running a red light.  

In reference to this accident, one Hampton Roads resident commented on the WAVY-TV message board, "This is why people should stop running the red light. What is the rush?" and we share similar incentives. Pausing for a red light can help decrease your risks of getting into a car accident and injuring pedestrians or other drivers.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a driver who ran a red light, please call our law firm for a free, no-hassle consultation.

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