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Failure to Use Turn Signals

You are at a stop sign waiting for an oncoming car to pass so that you can turn onto the road. All of the sudden, they turn off onto another road or even the road that you are on without using a turn signal. While this is a harmless, but infuriating, example of not using your turn signals, often the situation is more dangerous. Failing to use signals is not only dangerous but also illegal. Turn signals let other drivers know what the driver’s next move is, and when people do not use them, fellow drivers may not be prepared to react appropriately. If a driver is about to turn and fails to signal, the driver behind them may not react quick enough to stop from rear-ending the offending driver. If someone is planning on changing lanes or turning in front of a car and they fail to give that indication, an unsuspecting driver may not be able to adequately prepare for the fallout of that decision.

Turn signals are a means of silent communication between cars, and if someone does not use them, the result can be disastrous. If you have been involved in an accident that occurred because the other driver failed to use their signals, you understand how infuriating it is to know that it could have easily been prevented. You do not have to suffer the financial consequences of their negligence. The attorneys at the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® want to help you get the compensation you deserve.

When to Use Turn Signals

It is always important to use turn signals, even if nobody is around, and the only car on the road is the offending driver’s. Turn signals not only let other cars know what is going on, but it also alerts pedestrians, cyclists, and anyone else that might be on or near the road. Specifically, everyone should use their signals if they are:

  • Turning – this will keep pedestrians or cyclists from crossing the driver’s intended path, and lets other cars know that the car in front of them is about to brake and change direction.
  • Changing lanes – this allows drivers to make room to allow each other to move lanes and lets the cars behind the vehicle changing lanes know that they are slowing down to move over

Using turn signals follows the law, helps to reduce the chances of an accident, keeps other drivers from their frustration, and is overall the right thing to do.

Contact a Lake Geneva Reckless Driving Attorney

If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident caused by failure to signal, contact an experienced car accident lawyer. You should not have to suffer because of another driver’s recklessness. The attorneys at the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® have experience dealing with a variety of car accident cases and have experience being frustrated by drivers who do not signal. We understand how frustrated you feel and we want to help you seek justice. Contact our office at (262) 248-5200 to discuss the details of your case.

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