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Flashing Lights On Sides Of Vehicle Tell Other Drivers Where You Will Turn

Steve Wagner

Most motor vehicle accidents are preventable and often the result of negligent driving. Something as simple as using a turn signal to let other motorists know your intentions while driving can prevent accidents and injuries to others. John Perrin, an Indiana State Police Sgt., recently earned his claim to fame when his video showing viewers how using turn signals can save lives went viral. With at least two people losing their lives in car accidents a day in Indiana – it is no wonder why he created the short social media video.

A recent study by the Society of Automotive Engineers reveals just how often drivers are actively choosing to not use a turn signal when they change lanes, make turns, or merge into highway traffic. According to the study, drivers neglect to use their turn signals 48 percent of the time when changing lanes. When making turns, the failure rate is an alarming 25 percent.

When an Indiana driver is changing lanes or preparing for a turn, it is the law that they must signal intention at least 200 feet prior. The signal distance must be at least 300 feet before the turn if driving in 50 miles per hour or more speed zone.


Drivers who cause accidents by failing to use their turn signal could face major battles with insurance companies and block injured drivers from recovering damages. It is safe and important to choose to use a turn signal when driving. If you don’t have time to watch Sgt. Perrin’s video, the car accident lawyers at Wagner Reese have put together this easy guide to teach you how to use your turn signal.

  • Get acquainted with your vehicle and locate the lever on the left side of the steering column. The long lever, usually dark in color, is your turn signal. Turn your vehicle on, flip the level up or down and see how it works.
  • When on, the turn signal will cause a light on either the left or right side of your car to flash in a rhythmic pattern to draw the attention of other motorists and indicate your intention.
  • Now, when traveling on the road and preparing to make a turn, put that same turn signal on in the direction you wish to go. Putting it up means you will be turning right. Pushing it down means you will be turning left.
  • To change lanes or merge into traffic, you would use the turn signal lever the same way. To go towards the right lane, push your turn signal up to let others know you wish to move to the right. To move into the left lane, push your turn signal lever down to indicate that you wish to move into the left lane.
  • Be sure your turn signal has moved back into the neutral position when you have completed your turn, merge, or lane change to not confuse other drivers.

Please take the time to break the terrible habit of not using turn signals when driving and share the message from Sgt. Perrin. It could save a life.

If you or a loved one sustained injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence behind the wheel of a vehicle, the attorneys at Wagner Reese can help. Don’t fight that battle alone, let Wagner Reese deal with the insurance company, while you focus on recovering. Call the law firm at (888) 204-8440for your FREE consultation.


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