According to a research study conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers, drivers either neglect to use their turn signals when changing lanes or fail to turn off their signal 48 percent of the time. Drivers also fail to use their signal 25 percent of the time when making a turn. An MSNBC news report states that these failures to properly use a turn signal result in approximately 2 million roadway collisions each year.
The President of RLP Engineering has stated that this kind of report is unprecedented. If these numbers are accurate, there are twice as many accidents each year involving failure to use a turn signal than there are accidents involving distracted drivers. It is unclear if these new findings will encourage law enforcement officials to cite drivers who fail to use their turn signals.
All New Jersey drivers are required to use a signal when changing lanes or making a turn. Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-126: “No person shall so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided in the event any other traffic may be affected by such movement. A signal of intention to turn right or left when required shall be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.”
If you have been injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a driver who failed to use his or her turn signal, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your losses. Please call a Princeton auto accident lawyer at the law offices of Lependorf & Silverstein at (609) 240-0040. We provide free consultations to all car accident victims and their families.