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Study on Turn Signal Neglect Reminds Us of the Dangers

Study Shows Drivers Fail to use Turn Signal Almost Half the Time

According to an article by Paul A. Eisenstein from The Detroit Bureau, a new study claims that distracted driving on the road takes a back seat to the lack of turn signal use by drivers. Research by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) shows evidence that drivers either neglect to use their turn signals when changing lanes – or fail to turn the signals off – 48% of the time, and that this neglect is responsible for as many as 2 million accidents each year.Traffic Turn ArrowsUse Your Turn Signals

The study that shows turn signal neglect leads to twice the accidents annually than distracted driving, is “a first of its kind report on a subject that amazingly, has never been studied,” said the author of the report and President of RLP Engineering, Richard Ponziani, P.E. He also remarked that although turn signals are simple, easily accessed, and extremely effective, there seems to be a mass lack of compliance even though “all drivers have an ongoing duty to use it, just as they have a duty to stop at a stop sign or at a red light.”

Anecdotal evidence suggests that police put far less effort into turn signal enforcement than speeding or running stop signs and red lights. In response to this type of evidence, the study suggests a new technological system knows as the “Smart Turn Signal.” Such a system would automatically shut off the turn signal, likely by timing out after a set delay or by detecting when a vehicle has finished changing lanes. For drivers who blatantly reject using their turn signals, the system would sense their negligence and offer them what the study calls a “friendly” reminder in the form of a flashing notification.

According to Ponziani, implementing the Smart Turn Signal system would be simpler and less expensive than the currently used technology, and in a recent press release he states that, “This breakthrough represents a perfect opportunity to significantly reduce multi-vehicle crash rates, reduce vehicle cost, and make driving a lot more friendly and courteous across the U.S.”

Always be sure to use proper driving etiquette to minimize your chances of being involved in a car accident. Not abiding by the laws of the road can lead to devastating consequences including personal injury, temporary loss of income resulting from injury, medical costs, or even death.

Ty Wilson is a Chatham car accident attorney who strives to educate the public about Georgia car accident claims and buying car accident insurance in Georgia. Visit to read his many articles, blog posts, watch his videos, and order his FREE BOOKS before talking to an insurance adjuster, hiring a lawyer, or even signing any forms. You’ll be glad you did.

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