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What happens when both drivers claim a green light
21 Jan2022

What happens when both drivers claim a green light?

When both drivers claim that they had the green light after an accident at an intersection, it adds a slight layer of complexity to the accident that wouldn’t be there in a situation where the facts are not in dispute.   In the case of most New York car accidents, if there are no witnesses or other evidence indicating fault it’s difficult to predict how the accident report might read or how the responding officer might interpret the situation.   

In situations like this, it’s possible that one of the parties will be issued a ticket for running a red light and also possible that the party issued the ticket won’t agree with the assessment.  Here are some things to consider when involved in an accident where both drivers claim a green light and you’ve been issued a red light ticket even when you are certain your light was green.  


Video Footage

Vehicle dash cameras, or dashcams, are an increasingly popular option for anyone from commercial drivers to taxi and limo drivers to the average occasional driver.  We’ve already had a number of cases where dashcam footage has helped show the officer was mistaken and red light tickets are one in particular can benefit from this footage as the color of the approaching light is almost always visible on camera.  Dashcam footage can help protect you from summonses, in an accident…it’s a relatively small expense and likely one that most drivers should consider. 

No dashcam? If the accident occurred on a busy road, a business or resident may have a street-facing security system. In this case, time is of the essence, as most systems have a storage capacity of one to two weeks. Look around the scene for any cameras that may have been pointed at the intersection that might help show what actually happened and try to approach the owner of the camera if possible. 



Generally with witnesses, you’ll know right away if there’s anyone who may have seen something and can potentially provide a statement on your behalf.  Passengers in your car, other vehicles at the scene, pedestrians, bicyclists, street vendors…anyone who may have seen what happened is a potentially helpful witness.

Of course not all witnesses may have the same impact on a case.  A statement from your own child or spouse or friend in your car is likely to carry less weight than a statement from an unrelated unbiased bystander.  Ask anyone present to give a statement if they felt you were in the right–our experience is people at accident scenes are generally open to sharing what they saw by providing at least a sworn statement.   


I had the green light but I am facing a red light ticket.

If you were issued a red light ticket after a car accident in New York, feel free to reach out to one of our New York red light ticket lawyers today.  We can help fight the ticket if you feel you were wrongfully issued the summons. 

Our goal will always be to work with you to eliminate or minimize the damage a typical traffic violation might cause.  We will do our best to mitigate the risk of insurance hikes, court fines, DMV assessments and points added to your driver license. 

Reach out to a New York traffic ticket lawyer today by calling (888) 445-9886.