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If you mean running lights (not brake lights) check fuses first, then bulbs, wiring connection in trunk, light switch. If you mean brake lights, check fuses, brake switch at brake pedal, grounds at lamps, bulbs.
If you have 12V at the WHT/BLU connection to the trunk light, operating the trunk latch causes a switch to close and connect the other lead to ground. If you jump the ORG lead directly to ground, the trunk light should come on and verify the latch switch is defective. It also is possible the trunk light socket is defective
The bulb check unit, which detects when the rear lights are blown, is malfunctioning or has gone totally bad. It's located inside the trunk mounted, drivers side tail light assembly. Have it checked out and repaired if necessary.
There is a bulb check module mounted, I believe, on the inside of the drivers side trunk mounted tail light. Power first has to go through this module before going to the various different tail and brake lights. Check the circuit board inside that module for shorted circuit lines, as it seems to be a common problem with those years Accords.
Do the lights on the trunk operate when the parking lights are on, but do not light up when you apply the brakes? If so, this is normal. Only the outer red lights are brake & parking combination lights. The ones adjacent to the reverse lights on the trunk lid are parking lights only.
If the red lights in the trunk lid are not working at all, check the red/yellow and black/silver wires where they go from the trunk lid down into the right side of the trunk area. The wiring harness for the parking and reverse lights are contained in a piece of black tubing that is connected to the passenger's side trunk hinge.
Start with your fuses:
Fuses are in two areas. In the interior fuse box (left kick panel, below the dash--fuse chart on the cover) and in the engine compartment fuse box (far upper left as you face the car: fuse chart on the cover). Tail/Brake lights are combined with the Horn fuse in the engine compartment box. The fact that both taillights are out as well as the dash does not suggest the bulbs, but anything is possible. Tail light bulbs are accessed from inside the trunk compartment. Hope this is of some help
The brake lights are activated when you depress the brake pedal. When depressed the brake light switch, which is located on the brake pedal level, allows the circuit to be complete. Check for power on one side of switch then depress pedal and see if it allows power to other side of switch. Keep me posted