An estimated 2 million car accidents each year have an avoidable cause: proper use of turn signals. Although using a turn signal to make a turn or change lanes may seem like a simple procedure, a study from the Society of Automotive Engineers shows that the procedure is often neglected.
Drivers are especially prone to neglecting their turn signals during lane changes. Statistic reveal drivers neglect their signals 48 percent of the time, either by not turning them on prior to a change or not turning them off when a change has been completed.
Signal neglect while making a turn is lower than during a lane change, but no less hazardous. Statistics show drivers fail to use their turn signals while making a turn about 25 percent of the time. That means one out of every four turns carries an increased risk of a car accident due to simple neglect on the part of the driver, an increased risk that could cause injury to others on the roadways.
That simple neglect can easily transform into not-so-simple accidents and serious injuries.
The negligent actions or inactions of other drivers often plays a huge part in accidents because signals are a means for drivers to communicate their intentions. Whether the neglect is caused by laziness, poor training or other driver distractions, the results can be devastating.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver's failure to properly employ his or her turn signal, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Speak to a personal injury attorney about preserving your rights and holding the responsible drive accountable for your losses.
MSNBC, "Turn signal neglect a real danger, study shows," Paul A. Eisenstein, 5/01/2012.
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