As a Dallas-Fort Worth car accident injury lawyer, I know that virtually every car wreck in DFW is the result of driver negligence. Sometimes a driver is intoxicated, sometimes they’re speeding, and sometimes they just fail to signal when turning or passing another vehicle.
Regardless of the situation, it is important for injured car wreck victims to know that they do not have to suffer because of the wrong doings of another driver. By knowing your rights and the Texas law, you can ensure that you aren't held responsible for someone else's mistake.
If you've been injured in a Dallas-Fort Worth auto accident because a driver failed to signal when they were about to turn, pass another vehicle, or pull over, then they are negligent. That means that you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
What's the Law in Texas on Signaling?
It's estimated that more than half the drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth routinely fail to use their blinker to indicate their intention to make a turn, change lanes, or make some other maneuver where signaling is appropriate. According to a study conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers, almost 2 million car wrecks a year are caused by a driver failing to use their signal.
The Texas Driver’s Handbook states that “a good driver always lets others know if he/she is going to turn or stop. Signaling helps others plan ahead. A surprise move often result in crashes.” The law in Texas requires all drivers to use directional signals to indicate their intention to turn, change lanes or pass a vehicle.
Texas's Transportation Code on Signaling Laws
More specifically, there is an entire section on Texas's Transportation Code that specifically talks about what actions are permitted and which are not. These can be found in Subchapter A, Subtitle C of Texas Transportation Code's Title 7 (Vehicles and Traffic).
The code states that any driver who wishes to make a turn must warn other drivers before proceeding to do so, even if that driver is clearly aware of the other driver's vehicle. First, the driver of the vehicle making the turn must be conscious about their decision to turn. This would avoid an unexpected accident from occurring. Second, nearby drivers must have time to prepare for the driver's tun, whether it be slowing down or braking.
When Another Driver Cuts In Front of You and You Rear End Them
According to Texas law, this accident was caused by the driver who changed lanes, since they didn't give you enough time to break. Proving this can be difficult, however, since rear end accident are typically the fault of the person who did the rear-ending. If you're in this situation, it's best to consult an accident attorney.
Making an Injury Claim When a Driver Failed to Signal
In addition to being illegal, failing to signal is recognized as a common cause of accidents on the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Scene Report form. If your collision was caused by a driver who failed to use their blinker, then you should consult with an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth car crash injury attorney to discuss your options to pursue a personal injury claim for compensation. This compensation includes lost wages, medical and health expenses, therapeutic expenses, and any other accident-associated expenses. The law allows you to receive compensation from a car accident's at-fault driver.