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Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable

Drivers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to give a plainly visible sign before stopping or making a turning maneuver that would affect the operation of another vehicle. This includes brake lights and turn signals. It is important to signal so other drivers can predict your actions. Failure to do so can lead to serious accidents.

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Damages That Can Result From Failure to Signal

Damages can be significant in a crash caused by a driver’s failure to signal. If your personal injury protection coverage has been exhausted and not all your losses have been covered, you may be entitled to file a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. Your compensation may include economic and noneconomic damages.

  • Economic damages are the type of losses that have a dollar amount attached. They may include past and future medical expenses, property damage, lost wages or earnings, and loss of services.
  • Noneconomic damages do not have a specific price tag. For example, they may include physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional trauma.

How Negligence Affects a Personal Injury Claim in Massachusetts

Most auto accident cases are based on the legal theory of negligence. All drivers have a duty of care to others on the roadways. This duty requires them to operate the vehicle safely and not engage in dangerous driving behavior such as impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, or aggressive driving. Failure to signal is dangerous driving behavior that can lead to deadly T-bone accidents. When a driver’s failure to signal causes a crash, that driver may be negligent and liable for resulting injuries.

Why Drivers Fail to Use Turn Signals

Drivers have a duty to signal before executing a turn or changing lanes. Not only is this required by law, but it is also common sense. Using a turn signal is a simple action that can help prevent accidents. So, why do drivers fail to signal? There are a variety of reasons:

  • Drivers forget to signal: In many cases when a driver fails to use the turn signal, it is because he or she simply forgot. A driver may decide to switch lanes quickly when a gap suddenly appears and forgets or does not have the time to signal. Forgetting or lack of opportunity is no excuse under the law.
  • Turn signals are broken: All drivers are responsible for ensuring any vehicles they take out on the road are in working condition. That includes turn signals. If the turn signal breaks and the driver continues to use the vehicle without getting the signal repaired, it can lead to a serious crash.
  • People drive aggressively: Aggressive driving is dangerous behavior that puts everyone on the road at risk. It may involve speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting off other drivers, disregarding traffic signs and signals, and intentionally failing to signal.
  • Drivers are careless: Some drivers are careless and don’t bother to signal when they should. Signaling is an added step, and they may have other things on their minds. Safe driving requires diligence and attention to the rules of the road. This type of carelessness behind the wheel can put other people at risk.

Why You Should Consult an Attorney Who Specializes in Failure to Signal Accidents

After a crash caused by a driver who failed to signal, it is in your best interests to consult with a personal injury lawyer with experience in failure to signal accident cases. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we have the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively represent you. Our Massachusetts car accident attorneys could investigate the crash, secure evidence to support your claim, and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us no fees until we win a recovery for you. If you have been injured in an accident caused by another driver’s failure to signal, call us today at (978) 327-5140 to schedule a free consultation.