New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan was involved in a car crash in Pennsylvania, which he caused by running a red light, The Associated Press reports. Officials say Ryan was issued a warning and no citation after the collision in Bethlehem, which is located 45 minutes from the team's facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. No one was reportedly injured in the collision. Police say Ryan was driving a Ford Mustang when he collided with another vehicle on West Third Street.
One witness told officials that he saw Ryan pass through at red light at the intersection of West Third and Wyandotte streets. The impact caused a second car to hit a third. The investigation is still ongoing. Ryan has recently garnered media attention recently for being retained by Jets owner Woody Johnson despite missing the playoffs for the second straight season.
Red-Light Running Crashes
Red light violations are among the most common causes of street intersection accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 2.3 million intersection crashes in 2008 that involved 7,770 deaths and 733,000 injuries. The report states that red-light running crashes alone caused 762 fatalities in 2008 and injured 165,000 people. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that 50 percent of the people killed in red-light running crashes are not the signal violators.
What To Do After a Crash
If you have been injured in a street intersection crash, here are a few important steps you can take to ensure that your rights are protected.
• Make sure that you file a police report. Do not admit fault for the crash. Instead, simply state the facts and make sure that your account of the incident gets into the report.
• Collect pertinent information from all parties involved. Information that you require includes driver's license, insurance, license plate and contact information. If you can locate other witnesses who saw the incident, obtain their contact information as well.
• If you have a cell phone camera, take photos of the accident scene, the position of the vehicle and your injuries.
• Make sure you get thoroughly examined by a doctor. Although you may "feel fine" after a car accident, it is important that you get a check-up to make sure you have not suffered any internal injuries. Not all injuries may become immediately apparent.
• Finally contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.