Aurora Red Light Running With Injury Can Result in Severe Penalties
An Aurora red-light runner reportedly caused the serious injury of a motorcyclist late last month.
Our Castle Rock Aurora traffic ticket defense attorneys understand that the 20-year-old driver in the case was deemed at-fault, and charges of red-light running and careless driving resulting in injury are pending against her.
Of course, no one ever intends to walk out their door and get in an accident. Sometimes, car accidents result from various distractions. Other times, though, even when officers find you at fault, the course of events may have been completely outside your control.
It’s really important in these cases to hire an attorney with experience in Aurora traffic defense because tickets aren’t just minor inconveniences – they can mean points on your license, increased insurance rates, heavy fines and in some cases, jail time.
In this case, the motorcyclist was reportedly moving through the intersection, for which he had a green light. He reportedly didn’t even see the car that was moving to cross his path at the same time. The driver of the car, reportedly, was supposed to have stopped at the red light at the intersection. The light had reportedly been red for nearly 10 seconds.
The motorcyclist was allegedly tossed into the air. When he landed, investigators say he suffered a broken leg, a fractured ankle, chipped teeth and a cut on his lip that required stitches. He is reportedly still in the hospital and has undergone surgery.
The incident was captured on video. Aurora, like many municipalities, has equipped multiple intersections with red light cameras. While this may leave little room for Aurora traffic attorneys to dispute exactly what happened, they can still argue for lowered penalties based on past driving history, a fairly clean criminal record, etc.
According to the Aurora Police Department, the agency issues approximately 3,000 red light tickets the following month at the 14 intersections at which the red light cameras are affixed.
According to the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles, the following is the point scale for certain traffic offenses:
- Leaving the scene of an accident – 12 points
- DUI – 12 points
- Driving while ability is impaired by alcohol – 8 points
- Speed contests – 12 points
- Eluding or attempting to elude an officer – 12 points
- Reckless driving – 8 points
- Careless driving – 4 points
- Failure to yield to the right of way – 3 points.
It’s important to note that drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 need only amass 6 points before their license is suspended for a year. For drivers between 18 and 20, it’s 9 points. For adult drivers, it’s 12 points.