We've all been in this situation at one time or another: you're driving along at near freeway speeds and the light in front of you turns yellow, but you're neither far enough back to have enough time to stop and you're not close enough to continue at the same speed. You have two choices: speed up or slam on the brakes.
This was likely the scenario New York Jets coach Rex Ryan found himself in this month, only his decision to press his luck ended in a three-car accident in Pennsylvania; an accident that could have had harsher consequences than it actually had.
According to police, the 50-year-old coach had been driving in Pennsylvania rush hour when his vehicle began approaching a stop light. At the time, the light was in the process of transitioning from yellow to red when police say Ryan made the decision to '[try] to beat the light.' But while attempting to beat traffic, the light turned red and Ryan inevitably crashed into two vehicles.
Thankfully, no one was injured in this particular car accident, though some experts point out that it could have been significantly worse. Readers of our blog, as well as others across the nation, know how dangerous high-speed collisions can be and how serious the injuries can be when victims receive them. 'Trying to beat the light' should never be an excuse for why an accident has occurred, and some people would argue that a decision like that is not only negligent but irresponsible as well.
Source: The New York Daily News, "NY Jets coach Rex Ryan runs red light, causes car accident in Bethlehem, Pa.," Daniel Beekman, Jan. 22, 2013