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Villarreal & Begum Last Updated Date: January 11th, 2024

Why Do Drivers Fail to Use Their Turn Signals?

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Blinkers, indicators, turn signals, whatever you call them, these tools are a necessity when it comes to driving safely. The purpose of these signals is to help inform other drivers on the road know where you’re going. Knowing the car in front of you is going to switch lanes or is making a turn can help prevent potentially fatal collisions. Unfortunately, not all drivers use their turn signals regularly. This can easily create a dangerous situation where a personal injury can occur due to a collision. As a cautious driver, this can be frustrating. It seems more people are failing to utilize their turn singles. But why is that?

Road Rage.

It’s no secret that the U.S roads and highways are filled with angry drivers. Road rage drivers tend to have some dangerous habits that can potentially cause a crash. For example, a driver might fail to use their turn signal when they are trying to cut you off. Others might try and slip into a gap to prevent another driver from blocking a space. These are dangerous maneuvers that can land someone with serious injuries. If you were cut off by a driver without a blinder and were injured as a result of a crash, you should seek immediate legal help. Contact a personal injury lawyer.

They Forgot.

One of the more common reasons people do not signal is because they forgot. This is a dangerous habit that you should break immediately. Often if a driver is traveling down a familiar road or has to make a sudden turn, they forget to signal. The best way to get out of this habit to signal all the time. Constantly remind yourself that you need to signal. Even if there aren’t any other cars around. Doing this means you’ll be less likely to forget to use your signal in the future.

They’re Just Lazy.

Unfortunately, some drivers just don’t want to use their turn signal. Reports show that 23% of drivers don’t use their signals because they are too lazy to do it. The best way to prepare for this is to leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. You want to make sure you have plenty of space, should they make a sudden turn or switch lanes. That way, you’ll have time to take appropriate action to ensure your safety.

Under Texas Transportation Code Sec 545.104 (b), an operator intending to turn a vehicle right or left shall signal continuously for not less than the last 100 feet of movement of the vehicle before the turn. This lets other drivers know you intend to change positions and gives them ample time to adjust their speed or change lanes themselves. Remember, using your turn signal is not only the safe thing to do, it is the law!


Have you or a loved one been in a serious car crash and suffered injuries? If so, you should contact an experienced Personal Injury attorney. Villarreal and Begum is a local San Antonio firm that will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We serve clients across Texas with offices in San Antonio, Austin, McAllen, and Laredo. We are available day and night to take your calls. Call or contact us via our website. The Law Guns will fight for you.