Traffic Lights: Not A Suggestion

February 28, 2019 | By Nicolette R. Nicoletti
Traffic Lights: Not A Suggestion

Often times, many try to take the traffic laws into their own hands, this is especially true when it comes to traffic lights. Many try to gamble with speed and time and they try to hurry up to sneak through that yellow light at the last second. Others may even go through a red light causing the likelihood of an accident to go up substantially. This can be incredibly dangerous and the lack of care can result in a catastrophic accident that may include severe injuries.

We have all seen it, especially during our morning and evening commutes. Someone is late to work and is in a hurry so they do not get in trouble. Or, someone just might be exhausted from the day and wants to rush home. Yet, these are not excuses to ignore a traffic light. It is up to us to follow traffic lights and to operate our vehicles safely on the road.

Traffic Light Meanings

Traffic lights have different meanings. Although many of us are most familiar with red, yellow, and green, what do the arrows and flashing lights mean?

Red – A red light means STOP, do not go.

Red Arrow – A red arrow means STOP and do not go until the arrow is green or the light is green. Often times, a sign will appear that says do not turn on red signal or do not turn until green.

Flashing Red – A flashing red signal means STOP, then proceed with caution.

Yellow – A yellow light means slow down and proceed with caution. Only proceed if you can SAFELY make it through the light.

Flashing Yellow – A flashing yellow light means slow down and proceed with caution. Be vigilant of other traffic.

Yellow Arrow – A flashing yellow arrow means that a red arrow will be appearing. Slow down and stop if you cannot make it SAFELY through the light.

Green – A green light means GO, but be vigilant of others on the road and proceed safely.

Green Arrow – A green arrow means GO, but again, be vigilant of others on the road and proceed safely.

Blackout Signal – A signal that is blackout or in other words, is not working properly, operates as a four-way stop.

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* Disclaimer: These explanations listed are only to provide a general overview of traffic light signal meanings. Please consult your local traffic laws and statutes for exact instructions as to how to proceed through a traffic light.

Traffic Light Accident Injuries

When one does not follow the signal from a traffic light, accidents can occur and sometimes, they can be quite severe. Some common injuries that occur when one does not follow the signal from a traffic light include but are not limited to:

– Whiplash

– Neck Injuries

– Concussions

– Traumatic Brain Injuries

– Back Injuries

– Shoulder Injuries

– Bone Fractures

– Spinal Cord Injuries

If you think that you have been injured due to someone not following the signal from a traffic light, be sure to contact a qualified medical provider immediately. Our #1 concern at the Nicoletti Law Firm is your health and that should not be taken lightly. Many injuries may not appear until days after the accident. It is best to get checked out by a qualified medical provider as soon as possible in order to rule out any potential injuries and to treat any injuries that may have already appeared.

Have You Been In An Accident?

The attorneys of Nicoletti Law Firm handle a variety of personal injury matters including car accidents, motorcycle accident, truck accidents, and slip & falls. If you have been injured and are need of an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney, call the Personal Injury Attorneys of the Nicoletti Law Firm today. You can contact Nicoletti Law Firm anytime at 727.998.3568 or you can fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form. Do not ever worry about having to travel to one of our offices, we are always willing to travel to wherever is convenient for you at no cost. Be safe everyone!

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Nicolette R. Nicoletti

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Nicolette R. Nicoletti is the founder and managing partner of the Nicoletti Accident Injury Lawyers. She was born and raised in New Port Richey, Florida.  Nicolette attended Genesis Preparatory School and graduated salutatorian of her class.  She then went onto Saint Leo University for her undergraduate education. She graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  While at Saint Leo University, Nicolette was President of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), Secretary of Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society), and an active member of Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Scholastic Honor Society).

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