Red Light Cameras were authorized in NY in 2009 and installed on LONG ISLAND since 2010. The cameras stated purpose is to “improve driver safety through engineering”.
The engineering behind red light cameras is designed to “affect driver behavior” and the “flow of traffic” and hence the entire “systems engineering” in place at any particular intersection. As a consequence, red light cameras “cannot be excluded” as a contributing factor to any collision at a red light camera intersection which has resulted in serious injury or death.
The “raw data” from the camera companies from every flash of the red light camera is “deemed proprietary” between the camera company and the municipality and not disclosed. This is separate and apart from “data collected from NYS” regarding collisions at red light camera intersections and different than the data shown to the public in “Red Light Camera Annual Reports”.
Regardless of the lack of data and different sources of recovering the actual data, red light cameras have demonstrated an increase in collisions, caused by red light camera engineering. The increase is caused by lowering the yellow change interval to impermissible levels under the MUTCD – Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Device. This manual contains a formula for the yellow change interval, which is manipulated by traffic engineers, within their discretion, based upon independent professional judgment. The yellow light time is not a fixed time but one of discretion based upon the particularities of each individual intersection.
The Raimondo Law Firm are experienced attorneys, knowledgeable of the systems engineering at red light camera accident /collision locations. This is a necessary evaluation for any personal injury or wrongful death occurring at a red light camera intersection.
Over 28 Years of Defending Clients’ Rights in Nassau & Suffolk County
The Raimondo Law Firm is a major personal injury firm, located in Lake Grove, New York. We have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients’ injuries and suffering. Contact us today for a free initial consultation about your injuries from a red light camera accident.
We represent clients on Long Island throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County as well as the five boroughs of New York City, including Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan. We also represent clients in many counties in upstate New York.
Trial lawyers of The Raimondo Law Firm have more than 30 years of extensive personal injury law experience protecting the rights of his clients and seeking the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering. He is a strong advocate of roadway safety and is working to have red light cameras removed from Suffolk County because of the dangers they pose to passengers and drivers on our roadways.
Red Light Cameras Cause Accidents
Red light cameras have been touted as a means of reducing T-bone accidents and the injuries and damages that result. They were also installed to help enforce traffic laws. However, despite the good intentions of municipalities that led to the installation of red light cameras, today these devices not only lead to an increase in revenue for the county, but also to increasingly dangerous accidents and improper tickets and traffic court appearances. The camera companies have been aware of this fact all along and seek shorter yellow lights to enhance revenue around the world.
Today, many people call red light cameras “scameras” because rather than protecting drivers, they can seem to serve as a trap for unwitting drivers. Most cases in which drivers run red lights do not take place because drivers are reckless, negligent or intentionally violating traffic laws. On the contrary, shortened yellow-light change intervals force red light running with both red light cameras and an increase in red-light running. In short, the driver would never have run the red light had the yellow change interval have set to an appropriate level under the laws of physics.
The presence of red light cameras can cause rapid braking and sudden stops, sparking rear-end collisions. These kinds of car accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries, including spinal cord injuries and other serious personal injuries.
We Can Help Victims of Red Light Camera Accidents on Long Island
We represent clients who have suffered serious personal injuries at red light camera intersections. In many cases, when a car has collided with another vehicle, the victims are entitled to compensation. However, many insurance companies may try to pass the blame along, seeking to claim that the victim is at partial fault and attempting to negotiate a lower settlement. This is also the case in rear-end collisions in the presence of red light cameras.
Personal injury lawyers like The Raimondo Law Firm can help you to protect yourself from insurance companies that don’t want to pay for your pain and suffering. Our firm takes action to prove liability, extensively reviewing accident information and medical records, seeking expert consultation and interviewing witnesses directly. The Raimondo Law Firm’s dedicated advocacy has helped injured clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties recover millions of dollars.
Legal Help Is Available
If you’ve been in a car accident involving a red light camera, contact the The Raimondo Law Firm for a free consultation. Our office can be reached at 631-471-1222. You can also contact us online about your case.
We represent clients injured in car accidents on roads at all red light camera locations throughout the area. If you are a victim of a traffic intersection accident at red light camera locations, call our law office today as you may be entitled to compensation.