The dangers of running a red light are extensive! First of
all, pedestrians use a red light to determine when it is safe for them
to enter the road. If you run a red light, there are likely to be
pedestrians in your path. A car traveling at any speed that
strikes a pedestrian may injure or kill them.
Secondly, you are entering an intersection which means that other motor
vehicles may be approaching from another direction. The most
likely crash to occur at an intersection is a ‘t-bone’ crash, which
means that the full force of the front of your vehicle will likely
collide with the passenger or driver side door, or vice versa if yours
is the car that is ‘t-boned.’ For the passenger or driver who
takes the brunt of this blow, the sustained injuries may be
catastrophic. If you fail to stop before turning on red, a
similar crash called a ‘side-swipe’ will result and you, the driver,
will likely take the blunt of this blow to the driver side door.
Finally, if you have struck a vehicle after running a red light, a
chain reaction may occur. The cars following behind the victim’s
vehicle will likely not have enough time to react to the accident and
abrupt stop, and you may find that a secondary ‘rear end’ accident may
occur, thereby causing more damage and possible injuries.