Houston Personal Injury Attorney Says Red-Light Cameras Made City Intersections Safer

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Brad T. Wyly, a Houston personal injury lawyer, expresses hope that voters’ rejection of red-light cameras at dangerous intersections does not lead to an increase in car accidents.

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The red-light cameras and the signs warning motorists about the cameras deterred drivers from running red lights and raised their overall awareness about driving safer.

Houston personal injury attorney Brad T. Wyly says he is concerned that car accidents could increase at numerous intersections in the wake of city residents voting to discard Houston’s red-light camera program.

Four years after they were installed, Houston residents voted November 2 to remove the red-light cameras by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. The ballot measure had been hotly debated for several weeks leading up to the vote.

“While I certainly understand the concerns that many opponents of the red-light cameras had, studies showed that those cameras did, in fact, make some of Houston’s most dangerous intersections a lot safer,” says Wyly of Wyly Law Firm, P.C., a personal injury law firm that represents automobile accident victims throughout Houston, Harris County and the surrounding communities.

“The red-light cameras and the signs warning motorists about the cameras deterred drivers from running red lights and raised their overall awareness about driving safer,” Wyly says. “I just hope we don’t see a spike in car accidents at those intersections once the cameras are gone.”

The city initiated the program between September 2006 and August 2008, installing the cameras at 70 intersections scattered throughout Houston. The cameras took pictures of drivers illegally crossing intersections by running red lights. If caught, the drivers were fined.

A Rice University study released in December 2008 found that the cameras produced no major change in auto accidents at intersections with the cameras. However, at intersections without cameras, there was a 133 percent increase in crashes, including side-impact, rear-impact and swipe-impact collisions.

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that, in 2004, more than 900 deaths and 170,000 injuries were caused across the country by red-light accidents.

“I represent motor vehicle accident victims and their families, which has helped me to understand the serious consequences of red-light crashes in terms of property damage, injury and death,” Wyly says. “It’s fair to say the red-light cameras brought attention to this issue and made driving in our city safer.”

About Wyly Law Firm

The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., handles cases in Houston and the surrounding communities, including Baytown, Harris County, Pasadena, Galveston and Beaumont. The firm also handles business law issues and disputes. Attorney Brad T. Wyly, the firm’s founder, is a skilled negotiator and lawyer. Wyly has extensive experience in personal injury cases, including claims involving complex accidents, catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. He was named a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine in 2005 and 2006. To contact Wyly Law Firm, P.C., call (713) 574-7034 or use the firm’s online form.

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