Many of us have done it…we see a light turn yellow and we think we can make it before it turns red. Unfortunately, many accidents happen this way. Sometimes a driver slides by just fine. Other times, they are the cause of a tragic accident. Recently, in Houston, a pickup truck tried to beat the light on Sciaaca Road and hit a vehicle that was travelling through the intersection at the same time. The accident seriously injured three people in a family of four. The fourth family member, a child, was transferred via LifeFlight but later died at the hospital. The accident is still under investigation. About one in three fatal crashes are caused by excessive speeding. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) it is the third leading contributing factor to traffic crashes. Speeding through red lights is even more deadly. According to NHTSA there were over 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes in 2008. This resulted in more than 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injury crashes. That means 7,770 fatalities and 733,000 injuries that could have been avoided by not rushing through intersections and obeying the traffic signal. If you or a loved one is injured in an intersection accident there are some steps you should take. First, get treatment as soon as possible. Often times you may not think you are hurt following an accident only to be in so much pain a week later you can barely get out of bed. Early treatment is important in documenting the injury. Keep a diary. Write down how you feel, what events you missed due to injuries sustained in the accident and what treatment you have had and still must have to get better. Take pictures of your vehicle and injuries sustained so that you have a record. A personal injury attorney is an expert in guiding you towards a fair settlement in a personal injury claim. It’s a good idea to consult an attorney so that you may avoid common pitfalls. For example, did you know you can over-treat for injuries? If you are not receiving the correct treatment your claim can be seriously compromised. It is a common mistake made by many people legitimately injured in an accident. The Houston Accident Attorneys are experts in the field of personal injury. If you have been injured contact us. We can evaluate your claim for free and you don’t pay any fees unless we collect for you. Call us today.