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A busy intersection in Riverdale was closed for hours this week following a collision between a car and a MARTA bus. The accident occurred Wednesday morning when, police say, a driver ran a red light and collided with the bus at the intersection of Highway 85 and Valley Hill Road. The collision caused both the car and the bus to become wedged together against a pole. The driver of the car, the driver of the bus, and a bus passenger were all taken to a nearby hospital, where they were treated for their injuries. A resident of the area where the accident occurred reported that red-light running is a frequent occurrence at that particular intersection. Running a red light or a stop is known as failure to yield the right-of-way. Failure to yield is one of the main causes of accidents occurring in intersections and accounts for more than 3,500 deaths a year, which is roughly 7 percent of all the nation’s traffic fatalities. In Georgia, drivers are required to come to a complete stop at red lights, even when turning right on red. Additionally, drivers must ensure that the intersection is completely clear before the light turns red, even if the light was still yellow or green when the driver’s vehicle entered the intersection. If you were injured in an accident that was caused by a driver who failed to yield the right-of-way, you can seek compensation for the expenses and quality-of-life impacts you have incurred as a result of your injury through a personal injury lawsuit. This is a legal claim filed in civil court that seeks to prove not only who was liable (legally responsible) for the accident, but also to show the impacts and expenses that have been experienced. An experienced accident attorney from Cambre & Associates can explain this process and explore your legal options with you. For a free case evaluation, contact us online or by calling (770) 502-6116.