What would happen if traffic lights only worked when they felt like it? Failing to signal and, therefore, to indicate your intention to the cars around you is much like that. When a driver does not signal and then makes an unexpected turn, other drivers can become distracted and confused, increasing the likelihood of an accident. Failing to signal is one of the easiest habits to correct and, thereby, to improve road and highway safety.
The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) categorizes “failing to give a proper signal” as a four point violation, one that can stay on your driving record for years. Whether you are driving a car, a bike or motorcycle, learn to use your directional signals and proper signaling techniques to avoid and prevent accidents.
In a car
Directional signals must be in working order for your car to pass its annual inspection. Many newer car models are now equipped with sequential turn signal technology that might increase signal visibility.
On a bicycle
Cyclists should use universal hand signals to indicate their intention to turn. Using the left hand, hold your arm straight out the left to indicate a left turn, at a 90-degree angle with fingers pointed upward to indicate a right hand turn, and down to indicate slow or stop.
On a motorcycle
Some motorcycles come equipped with directional signals, and you can customize your bike with a range of signal products. There are also universally recognized hand signals for bikers riding alone or in a group. The right and left turn signals are the same as for bicyclists. For a complete list, read this.
Some accidents are unavoidable, but driving safely and defensively can go a long way toward reducing your chances of causing or being injured in an accident.
If you do have an accident, speak to a Sarasota, Florida car accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can advise you about how you might recover compensation for any injuries you incur.