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Memorial Day weekend: a dangerous time to be on the road

Hopefully everyone in Berks County had a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. The holiday is about honoring America's veterans, but it has also turned into a time to celebrate the beginning of summer with family and friends. It seems, however, that Memorial Day weekend is also the holiday with the most red light violations across the country. Though the National Coalition for Safer Roads' data was from 2013, it is very possible that Memorial Day will continue to be highly dangerous for drivers this year, too.

When someone runs a red light, he or she is potentially creating a very dangerous situation. If anyone else is in the intersection, he or she is at risk of being hit. If anyone is trying to turn, he or she could smash into the driver running the red light. Moreover, pedestrians and bicyclists are also at risk of serious or fatal injuries.

If a driver runs a red light, he or she is likely negligent. If someone is injured, he or she can work with his or her automobile accident lawyer to file a personal injury lawsuit. By showing the other driver's negligence, the accident victim can receive compensation not only for his or her medical bills, lost wages and property damages, but also for his or her pain and suffering.

Last year, the coalition estimated that 3.5 million people ran red lights across the country. There were more than 39,000 on Memorial Day weekend alone. Some of the other top holidays for running red lights are Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, from most to least red light violations.

Source: WVLT, "Memorial day weekend ranks highest for red light camera violations, study says," May 23, 2014

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