It’s one the most common driving errors on the road, and causes millions of accidents every year. It's not distracted driving or drunk driving. It is the failure to use turn signals, or turn off signals after lane changes. Such failure to use turn signals contributes to 2 million accidents every year. However, Los Angeles car accident lawyers do not find much attention focused on this particular driving error.
According to a study conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers, many drivers fail to use turn signals while changing lanes at least 48 % of the time. When they're making a turn, they fail to use turn signals at least 25% of the time. According to the researchers, drivers make such drastic driving errors as many as many as 2 billion times a day, or 750 billion times in a year.
It's not always forgetfulness that is to blame when a driver fails to make a U-turn signal while changing lanes, or switch off a turn signal later. Sometimes, drivers may deliberately fail to use turn signals appropriately. This could either be because of a sense of complacency, about driving safely. Some experts also believe that it is a sign of poor driver training. A lazy driver may also not bother to use a turn signal.
What compounds the problem is that very little attention is paid by law enforcement to this problem. Most law enforcement agencies in California focus heavily on pulling intoxicated motorists off the road, or violating enforcing speeding laws. You rarely hear of police officers pulling drivers over because of failure to use turn signals or failure to turn signals off, and therein lies the problem. .