The point of a traffic light is to regulate the flow of vehicles and prevent motorists from colliding in high-traffic areas, but these lights only work if drivers acknowledge and respond to them. New research indicates that many drivers across Nevada and the nation fail to heed traffic signals, and the number of people losing their lives because of red-light runners is skyrocketing as a result.

Just how many people are losing their lives in red-light-related car wrecks?

Nevada red-light crash statistics

According to WTOP, the number of lives lost because of red-light runners in Nevada rose an astounding 60% between 2008 and 2017, with 147 people losing their lives because of red-light runners during this timeframe. In 2008, there were nine lives lost in Nevada due to these circumstances, but in 2017, this figure climbed to 23.

Another fact worth noting is the fact that, in many of these incidents, the people who lost their lives were not the people who actually ran the light, but rather, others making their way through the signaled intersections. In fact, 57% of the people who died because of red-light runners in Nevada were not the parties responsible for the wrecks.

National red-light crash statistics

While the number of lives lost because of drivers running red lights spiked substantially in Nevada between 2008 and 2017, the number of people losing their lives because others ran red lights also increased at the national level. Nationwide, a total of 937 people died because of red-light runners in 2017 alone, with an average of two people dying under these conditions daily.

While these numbers are alarming and indicate that many motorists have a clear disregard for traffic signals, they only paint the picture of how common red-light-related fatalities are. They do not take into account the thousands of injuries experienced by those hurt in these crashes, but who do not ultimately succumb to their injuries.