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Should you drive through yellow lights?

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Traffic lights are meant to help keep motorists safe as they go through intersections by controlling the flow of vehicles. The most common traffic light has three colored lights: green, yellow and red. Most drivers know that green means go and red means stop. But, they might not fully comprehend what a yellow light means. 

Some people think of the yellow light as a challenge to get through the intersection as quickly as possible. This isn’t at all how they should view it. Instead, a yellow light is a warning that the light will be turning red soon. 

When should drivers stop for a yellow light?

Drivers should stop for the yellow light if they can safely do so. The only exception to this is if they’re too close to stop at the intersection safely. In most cases, this means that you’re within 100 feet of the intersection. 

If you have to go through a yellow light, you shouldn’t speed up. Instead, maintain a legal and safe driving speed. You have to be careful as you go through the intersection. 

One risk that comes with driving through a yellow light is a traffic light turning red while another turns green. This could result in a T-bone collision at the intersection. 

Anyone who’s injured by a driver who runs a red light should get medical care. These accidents can lead to serious injuries. When negligence, recklessness or a similar factor contributed to the crash, the victim might choose to seek compensation for the damages they suffered due to the crash.