hand on steering wheel using turn signalAccording 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.

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Working with Andrew and his team has been--without exception--one of the most pleasant, productive, and professional experiences of my adult life. I was seriously injured in an accident in July, 2018, in Virginia. I was driving a company vehicle that was registered in Maryland, for a company that was based in Wisconsin. And I live in New Jersey, where my personal vehicles are insured. The several jurisdictions involved presented a very unique case that demanded an experienced and nuanced strategy. I found Andrew Thomas (of Dulaney, Lauer, & Thomas) through some online research. And it is noteworthy that Andrew has worked the other side of the aisle--he used to work with insurance companies. Andrew took on my case with the assurance that he would work it with no less energy than he does each of his cases. At each turn, and with each question I had, Andrew and Paralegal Misty kept me informed, returned my calls, provided detailed explanations, and kept me feeling like I was in the loop and there was an eventual end to our journey. Nearly five years after the accident, we settled out of court for a significant sum in recognition of my personal injuries. The settlement was much more than I had expected. And without Andrew & Misty, I am sure the award would have been much less. If you are looking for professionalism, knowledge, dedication, answerability, responsiveness, integrity, and human-level communication from a personal injury attorney--look no further. You have found him. Thank you, Andrew and Misty. Gary Daley
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