Pedestrian Accidents - Failure to Use Turn Signal


Turn signals are one of the basic rules that people are taught when they first get behind the wheel of a car. However, many motorists ignore these basic safety precautions and fail to use turn signals when driving. Unfortunately, in some cases, this failure can result in serious injuries to unsuspecting pedestrians who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Signals for Safety

Motorists are required to use turn signals when changing lanes or direction. These signals indicate the intention of the driver to other road users. When a driver fails to use turn signals, other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have no indication of what they are about to do. This prevents other road users from reacting in an appropriate manner - in some cases jeopardizing their own safety and that of others. When the driver turns into a crosswalk or into a lane, other road users will not have anticipated this move and won’t have adequate time to react.

Reasons drivers fail to use their turn signals

There are many reasons drivers fail to use turn signals. The following are some of the most common reasons according to a 2006 survey.

  1. The don’t have enough time to use their turn signals before the change in direction
  2. They are just too lazy to use their turn signals
  3. They don’t like to use them because they are likely to forget to turn them off
  4. They change lanes frequently and therefore don’t want to bother with it
  5. They don’t think it’s important to use these signals
  6. They see other drivers turning without using turn signals
  7. They like the excitement of not using the turn signals.

Making a claim against a negligent driver

Pedestrian accidents resulting from failure to use turn signals often occur at crosswalks and other areas designated for pedestrian crossing. They can also occur when vehicles collide and roll onto the pavement.

Injuries resulting from these accidents can be serious. They include broken bones, fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. Pedestrians have no physical barrier that can protect their bodies from the impact of the oncoming vehicle..

Proving fault in these accidents can be complex. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney will help you dig up evidence to show that the driver failed to use their turn signal and was therefore negligent. This may include getting witness accounts, video footage from cameras on the street, and police reports. Once liability is established, you will be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, lost capacity to earn, and other costs. 

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