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Failure to Use Signals / Improper Use of Signals

Truck drivers have a duty to do everything they can to avoid accidents, as mishaps involving 18-wheelers and semi trucks can be catastrophic. One of truck drivers’ most basic responsibilities is the correct usage of turn signals. The failure to use signals or improper use of signals can lead to a dangerous miscommunication on the road, potentially causing confusion among drivers that may contribute to an accident. However, motorists injured because of a negligent truck driver’s misuse of his or her signals may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for damages.

Dangers of Failure to Use Signals / Improper Use of Signals

Turn signals are an important component of communication behind the wheel. Just as brake lights warn drivers that a person is slowing or stopping, blinkers allow other motorists to react to and prepare for someone’s turn or lane change. The following are several of the dangers associated with the failure to use signals properly:

  • Sideswipe accidents due to merging into an occupied lane without warning
  • Trapping or smashing other cars when making wide turns, especially when turning right
  • Head-on collisions due to failure to signal left-hand turns
  • No-zone accidents from the failure to warn drivers who may be in the truck’s blind spots when turning or changing lanes

These mistakes are inexcusable, and a failure to use signals or improper use of these signals may be considered grounds for legal action against the truck driver who committed the error.

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A truck accident may leave you facing numerous losses that can be difficult to overcome without compensation from the person or party at fault. However, you may be entitled to take legal action. For more information about how this process works, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page.