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Rochester Car Accidents Caused by Improper Use or Failure to Use Turn Signals

Jed Dietrich, Esq., Is A Super Lawyer Who Has Dedicated His Career to Standing Up for The Victims of Negligence. When Reckless Motorists Fail to Properly Use Turn Signals, They Put Your Physical Well-Being in Danger. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Could Help You Navigate the Aftermath of a Life-Changing Rochester Automobile Accident Injury.


Turn Signals Turn signals are a necessity in traffic. Even student drivers learn the importance of using turn signals early in their education, as indicating any abrupt change in acceleration or course is integral to ensuring safety. Unfortunately, even though most people know that New York law requires the use of turn signals, many motorists fail to use them, whether because they are in a hurry or they mistakenly believe they can gauge other drivers’ reactions.

Unfortunately, car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Studies have repeatedly shown that motorists who rapidly change lanes are more likely to be involved in car crashes than drivers who remain attentive and cautious while initiating a turn or merging maneuver. These catastrophic collisions occur even in the most mundane traffic scenarios, prompted by what could ordinarily be considered forgivable mistakes.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. is committed to providing the highest level of personal injury service to anyone who has been injured in a Rochester failure to use a turn signal accident. You do not have to let an accident that was not your fault drive you to the brink of financial ruin. Our experienced attorneys know what it takes to ascertain justice. Since our founding in 2005, we have helped our clients across Western New York secure more than $175 million in damages—money accident victims have used to clear their medical debt, afford high-quality health care, and reclaim their independence. Please send Jed Dietrich, Esq., a message online or call us at 585-939-3939 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.

The Improper Use or Failure to Use Turn Signals Is a Critical Public Safety Hazard

Changing Lanes Safely An alarming study released by the Society of Automotive Engineers suggests that the improper use of or failure to use turn signals is responsible for more automobile accidents than even distracted driving. In its recent year report, the SAE estimated that:

  1. Motorists do not use their turn signal nearly half of the time when changing lanes;
  2. People fail to signal a quarter of the time when making a turn; and
  3. In total, Americans fail to properly use turn signals and indicators 750 billion times each year.

While forgetting or failing to use a turn signal might seem like a minor mistake, the SAE estimates that these seemingly insignificant omissions cause more than 2 million crashes annually.

Although many of these collisions do not result in serious injuries or wrongful death, any automobile accident could have devastating consequences. If you, or a loved one, have been injured by another motorist’s negligence in or around Rochester, you could be entitled to significant compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s experienced team of legal professionals could help you assess the extent of your injuries, constructing a compelling, evidence-based argument for recompense. Please call us today at 585-939-3939 to schedule an appointment and discuss your options for rapid legal relief.

How Turn Signal Automobile Accidents Happen

Turn signals are intended to warn other motorists about an impending turn, lane change, or change in a vehicle’s velocity. The New York Code instructs that turn signals should be used whenever a motorist intends to turn right or left. In general, a driver should activate their turn signal “not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.” Turn signals should always be used when:

  1. Turning at an intersection;
  2. Changing or merging lanes;
  3. Entering or exiting the highway; and
  4. Turning into or out of a parking space.

When people fail to use their turn signals, the following types of accidents could occur:

  1. Sideswipe Accidents: Sideswipe accidents frequently happen in heavy traffic and on the highway. These collisions may occur when one of the two vehicles moves out of its lane without signaling or when it is otherwise unsafe to change positions. Cyclists and motorcycle riders are at especially high risk of sustaining serious injuries in sideswipe accidents.
  2. Left Turn Crashes: A left turn crash could occur when an automobile intending to turn left at an intersection does not activate its turn signal.
  3. Rear End Collisions: Rear-end accidents can take place when a driver abruptly slows down to merge into another lane or initiate a full turn.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. believes that nobody should ever have to pay the price for another person’s negligence. If another motorist injured you because they failed to signal a lane change, merge, or turn, you should not be forced to pay out-of-pocket for their mistake. Please send Jed Dietrich, Esq., a message online to schedule your free consultation as soon as possible.

DID YOU OR A LOVED ONE SUFFER SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER A NEGLIGENT MOTORIST FAILED TO USE OR IMPROPERLY USED THEIR TURN SIGNAL?

CALL JED DIETRICH, ESQ., AND HIS TEAM OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS AT 585-939-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!

Your Options for Legal Relief After a Serious Rochester Car Crash

When turn signal-related automobile accidents happen, motorists could suffer serious injuries, including but not limited to:

  1. Broken or fractured bones;
  2. Severe cuts and lacerations;
  3. Road rash;
  4. Burns;
  5. Spinal cord injuries;
  6. Whiplash;
  7. Traumatic brain injuries;
  8. Neck and back injuries;
  9. Internal bleeding; and
  10. Wrongful death.

Even if you have a comprehensive health insurance policy, affording high-quality medical treatment for these injuries could be expensive, especially if your injuries require you to take time away from work. You might find yourself facing an ever-growing mountain of debt, even as you struggle to make mortgage or rent payments. Sustaining yourself, and putting food on your table, could seem impossible. Fortunately, New York law allows accident victims to seek damages after a serious automobile collision. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. could help you claim damages for expenses such as:

  1. Past, present, and anticipated medical expenses;
  2. Physical rehabilitation;
  3. Prescription medication co-pays;
  4. Therapy and mental health counseling;
  5. Lost income from work;
  6. Spent vacation days or paid time off;
  7. Diminished earning potential;
  8. Emotional pain and suffering;
  9. Loss of enjoyment; and
  10. Wrongful death.

Jed Dietrich, Esq., has years of experience litigating high-stakes personal injury cases. A recognized Super Lawyer and Best Attorney of America, Jed Dietrich, Esq. could connect you with investigative and medical professionals capable of assessing your current and long-term care needs and determining exactly how much money you need to return to your pre-accident condition.

However, you need to act fast. If you wait too long to take action after an accident, the statute of limitations could prevent you from recovering any and all compensation. Even if you have a seemingly open-and-shut case, the court could automatically dismiss your claim without giving you the opportunity to share your version of events.

You do not have to continue enduring physical pain, emotional suffering, and potential disability because another motorist failed to follow the rules of the road. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s empathetic team of Rochester personal injury attorneys is waiting to hear your story. Once we understand how your accident happened, we could begin investigating every legal strategy to get you the compensation you need and the justice you deserve. Please call us at 585-939-3939 today.


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 585-939-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Rochester, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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