BLINKERS! Not using them is causing more than 2 million accidents every year, according to researchers with the Society of Automotive Engineers. Their studies show that drivers who aren’t using blinkers cause more than double the number of distracted driving accidents every year.
According to MSNBC, a recent survey revealed that drivers fail to use their turn signal approximately 50 percent of the time when switching lanes, and about 25 percent when making turns. Drivers are neglecting to use these safety devices about 2 billion times every day, contributing to millions of car accidents in Gaffney and elsewhere every year.
In fact, drivers fail to use their blinker more than 700 million times every year. Why? Some believe it’s because of a lack of courtesy. Some say that it’s just sheer laziness. And others maintain that it’s just bad driver training. Whatever the reason may be, it’s a serious problem on our nation’s roadways, says the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Ray LaHood.
Our Gaffney car accident lawyers understand that using turn signals is a roadway law in North Carolina, just like stopping at a stop sign or a red light. Still, far too many drivers neglect to use them. Predictive driving is one of the keys to helping to prevent car accidents. Now, researchers are looking into the problem, looking at how it affects our roadway safety and exploring ways to fix it.
“This is a first of its kind report on a subject that amazingly, has never been studied,” said Richard Ponziani, P.E., President of RLP Engineering.
Turns signals have been found to be the some of the most effective, ubiquitous and simple ways to prevent multi-vehicle accidents. But, drivers across the nation are making unannounced movements in traffic, many times directly into other moving traffic. Failing to use a turn signal is just as bad as running a red light or speeding through a stop sign, according to federal law.
So why aren’t drivers using these devices? Many say it’s because there’s a lack of enforcement from police officers nationwide. Some contend that officers are more focused on drivers’ disobedience toward other laws, like running red lights, speeding and other aggressive driving habits. That’s okay though, because researchers have come forward with an easy and inexpensive fix. It’s the “Smart Turn Signal.” This device would work much like the seat belt warning system. A bell would ding if a driver left their blinker on long after a turn, or if the system senses that the driver isn’t using the vehicle’s blinker as it should. This “Smart Turn Signal” system was designed to be less expensive than the currently blinker alert system and it’s also been proven to be more effective.
It’s just a friendly reminder that could help prevent car accidents on roadways across the nation.
If you or a family member as been involved in an auto accident in Gaffney or elsewhere in North Carolina, contact the injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP to discuss your case. Call 1.800.533.6845. No Attorney Fees Until You’ve Been Paid.
Turn signal neglect a real danger, study shows, by Paul A. Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau
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