Marlton, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
The Camden County car accident attorneys at Console & Hollawell recently became aware of a new safety measure that is being added to Washington D.C. streets, and they couldn’t be more enthused. CNN reported that by the end of the year, Washington D.C. will have installed 16 stop sign cameras to catch and ticket motorists who fail to obey the traffic signs.*
The popularity of red light cameras in the United States has grown over the past few years as more and more municipalities employ the use of this technology to catch drivers who disobey the signals, but the idea of adding these cameras to stop signs isn’t as new as you may think. In Santa Monica, California the use of stop sign cameras first came about in 2007, and since then has caught thousands of violators, according to the CNN report.*
The use of this technology attempts to dissuade motorists from casually rolling through or blatantly ignoring the stop signs with the hope that it will reduce accidents. In an interview with CNN, one D.C. metropolitan police officer explained that their only goal is increasing safety and reducing the number of injuries and fatalities that arise due to motorists running stop signs.
Camden car accident lawyer Richard P. Console, Jr. knows firsthand the dangers associated with drivers who choose to disobey stop signs. In 2001 Console was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident when one driver made the reckless decision to blow through a stop sign. The offending motorist struck Console’s vehicle—the split second, careless decision to disobey the traffic sign forever changed Console’s life.
“The car disregarded the stop sign and proceeded through the intersection, blocking my lane of travel,” Console recalled. “It not only left me with a totaled car, but also several debilitating injuries. I got to experience personally the pain, uncertainty, and confusion each of my clients feel—the accident shaped the way I treat my clients.”
While Console was able to turn a terrible situation into something positive through his work protecting accident victims, most people who are injured by a driver who disregards a stop sign can only focus on one thing—the pain the crash has caused them.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported through their Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) that from 1999 to 2000 there were 13,627 vehicles involved in fatal crashes at stop signs in the United States.** Of those accidents, 21 percent of at-fault drivers failed to obey the stop sign and 23 percent did not yield the right-of-way.**
The New Jersey car accident attorneys at Console & Hollawell have been assisting victims of car accidents get their lives back on track following serious injury since 1994. If you have been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, contact Console & Hollawell today to learn of your legal rights and options.