Drivers throughout Baltimore, Ellicott City and Clarksville may be frustrated to find themselves getting a ticket at a red light camera, especially as the city reports it has instituted an "aggressive" red light camera program.
Red light cameras have gotten a lot of backlash as motorists claim the cameras may be a violation of due process rights and as many have expressed concern that these cameras are mainly for the purposes of increasing revenue for locales that use them, rather than tools that actually make the roads any safer.
There is an argument to be made for red light cameras if they prevent injuries from happening. However, a rear-end accident lawyer knows that the cameras may actually cause an increase in the number of crashes that happen when a driver slams into the back of another motorist's vehicle.
One recent study suggests that the added risk of a rear-end accident caused by these red light cameras ends up outweighing the benefit that the cameras provide in preventing T-bone crashes.
Are Red Light Cameras Making the Roads Safer or More Dangerous
Time Magazine reported on the study of red light cameras, which aimed to determine whether the cameras were increasing or decreasing the number of motorists who got hurt in crashes.
The cameras ended up causing an estimated 15 percent reduction in injuries that result from side impact crashes that can occur when a driver goes through a red light. Side impact or T-bone crashes are one of the most common kinds of accidents on U.S. roadways.
However, the cameras also ended up causing a 22 percent increase in the number of injuries that resulted from rear-end collisions occurring. In the United States, more than 1.8 million reported rear-end accidents happen already each year according to Inside Science. These rear-end accidents account for almost 30 percent of all injury-causing motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. If red light cameras are increasing the chances of these kinds of accidents happening, then it is important to carefully consider whether their use is worth it or not.
Red light cameras cause problems because drivers who are afraid of getting tickets end up hitting the brakes really hard to avoid going through a light. When drivers behind them cannot stop as they hit the brakes, a rear-end crash occurs. In tight traffic areas, this could actually set off a chain reaction of rear-end crashes.
Overall, the study ended up showing that there was about a five percent net increase in injuries from red light camera use. Time called this statistically insignificant but it is not insignificant if more people end up suffering soft tissue damage or other serious injuries because of rear-end accidents that the cameras cause.
The issue of whether red light cameras are helpful or harmful is one that needs much more study. If it turns out the cameras are causing more rear-end crashes that hurt people, their use should be abandoned.
Accident lawyers in Baltimore, MD can help if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.slocumblaw.com. Serving Baltimore, Ellicott City, Clarksville and surrounding areas.