According to a study conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), turn signal neglect is responsible for over two million crashes every year. The study examined the turning and lane-changing habits of 12,000 drivers to understand the relationship between turn signal neglect and motor vehicle crashes. After observing these drivers, the SAE concluded that:
- On average, 25 percent of drivers neglect to signal when turning.
- Approximately 50 percent of drivers fail to signal while changing lanes.
- Over 10 percent of drivers use their turn signals incorrectly, for instance by failing to turn them off after changing lanes or using the incorrect signal when turning (using the right signal while turning left).
What does this mean for your safety on Virginia's roads? Our car accident attorneys explain.
Did Turn Signal Neglect Cause Your Crash?
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a crash that was not your fault, you can hold the driver who caused the crash liable for your damages. That means that they could be responsible for paying your medical bills and lost wages and compensating you for your pain and suffering. However, to be successful in a personal injury claim, you will have to prove that the other driver's actions were 100 percent responsible for your crash. If you can prove that the other driver's failure to use their turn signal caused the crash that left you injured, you might have a successful claim. Some possible evidence to prove your claim could include:
- Your statement
- Eyewitness testimony
- An admission from the other driver
- Traffic camera footage
- A police report
If your injuries were serious enough to require a trip to the hospital and you are expected to suffer long-term or permanent disability, it is probably a good idea to discuss your claim with our lawyers in a free inital consultation. We will review the accident and help you determine if you have a claim for damages and whether we can help you
Contact Our Warrenton Personal Injury Attorneys for Help After Your Accident
If someone else's mistake—even something as simple as failing to use a turn signal—caused a crash that has turned your life upside down, don't hesitate to contact the team at Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas to discuss your options. If we believe that we can add value to your claim, we will tell you how. And the best part is that you won't owe us a dime until and unless we successfully resolve your case. Fill out our online contact form or call us at 540-341-0007 to get started. We are standing by to help.