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Turn signal lights could affect collision risk

Modern safety technology continues to be well-appreciated by untold numbers of drivers. The addition of high-tech safety assists supports safer driving in California and elsewhere. The inclusion of rear-view cameras and lane-change warnings represent sophisticated innovations. Sometimes, however, minor changes can enhance safety. Changing the color of turn signals, for example, may cause a decrease in accidents.

A government study shows that vehicles with red turn signal lights tend to get into more rear-end collisions than vehicles with amber turn signals. Changing from red to orange also revealed a decrease in rear-end collisions. Despite the study’s findings, there does not seem to be a widescale movement to change the color of the lights in turn signals.

The presence of advanced safety technology is beneficial. A driver that receives a cross-traffic alert might avoid an accident. Also, cameras do help when backing out of a crowded parking lot space. That said, minor changes could cut down on the chances of a collision. Even if a vehicle does not come with orange or amber turn signals, the vehicle’s owner could ask a service station technician to change them.

Regardless, some rear-end collisions prove unavoidable no matter what the driver does. When stopped at a red light, a car could get hit from behind by a drunk driver. Purchasing technology and making turn signal adjustments can only do so much.

Also, turn signals only provide alerts when a driver uses them. Failure to use a turn signal is a moving violation and a possible indicator of negligence.

Drivers involved in auto accidents could contact a personal injury lawyer to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. An attorney might negotiate a claim for a victim’s medical bills and more. A lawyer might also file a lawsuit beyond the defendant’s auto policy limits. Such actions may be necessary when the insurance coverage proves insufficient.

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