Car Wrecks Caused by Not Signaling in Georgia


March 13, 2018

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Serve Victims Motor Vehicle Crashes and Their Families by Fighting for Justice

Anyone who has ever been in a car in Georgia has felt the frustration, which can boil to the point of pure anger, of being so inconsiderate as to refuse to use a vehicle’s directional signals, which are not hard to use. In fact, Georgia law obligates a driver to signal when turning, changing lanes, or slowing down. Why? Because failing to signal is dangerous. Other motorists are in danger. Also, pedestrians and bicyclists are particularly vulnerable to drivers who refuse to turn on their directionals. Countless lives could be saved, and so could billions of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and property damage if all drivers used their directional signals when required by law.

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, pride themselves on fighting for justice on behalf of car wreck victims and their families. Montlick & Associates’ lawyers who tackle crashes caused by a driver’s failure or refusal to signal comprehend the significance of the case for their clients and their families. Montlick & Associates’ clients are more than a number. Each auto accident attorney working for Montlick & Associates treats all of their clients’ claims as if the claim was their’s or belonged to a member of their family. It is Montlick’s personal touch, coupled with a demonstrated track record of success and unparalleled peer recognition, which can maximize your potential to receive a substantial financial award for your injuries caused by a driver who did not use a turn signal.

Georgia Law Regarding Use of Turn Signals

Georgia Code Section 40-6-123 instructs Georgia motorists when they must use turn signals. Under the current state of the law, a driver may not initiate a turn or change lanes unless or until the vehicle is in the proper position.  The statute continues on to state that the turn signals must be used continuously to allow the drivers approaching from the front and the rear to observe the driver’s intent to turn or change lanes, when the driving conditions require the use of turn signals.

The phrase “when required” seems to have created an exception to the rule carved out by decisions made by Georgia’s appellate courts. In a recent case, a Georgia appellate court defined the words “when required” to mean that drivers need not use turn signals every time they change course. Looking deeper into what the Georgia legislature meant when they used the phrase “when required,” the appellate panel ruled that the “purpose of the statute is to alert other drivers.” The court looked at other cases decided in Georgia that discussed failing to use a turn signal. Those cases determined the distance away from other drivers like “100 yards away at the bottom on an exit ramp” helped determine whether the driver violated Section 40-6-123. Therefore, Georgia’s case law teaches us that not every turn or lane change must be indicated by the driver.  However, we recommend that drivers use their turn signals each time when changing lanes or turning.

A lawyer from an insurance company trying to protect their insured's bottom line might cite those cases as precedent as an excuse why the person who failed to use their directional is not responsible for the crash. Their argument is countered easily. The cases that discuss when a directional must be used typically involve a police officer’s authority to stop a car for a motor vehicle infraction. They have little, if anything, to do with the negligence of a driver whose failure to signal before turning led to an accident. The foundation of negligence is a breach of the duty of care a driver owes to those who share the road. Not signaling is a breach of that duty if it causes a crash.

No one is sure as to why drivers do not use their turn signals. Whether it is laziness, inattention, rudeness, competitive driving or a combination of all of those impulses, that fact remains that Georgia drivers often fail to use their turn signals. That makes Georgia’s overcrowded roads much more dangerous than they should be.

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Sources: cited within and

Bowers v. State, 473 SE 2d 201 - Ga: Court of Appeals 1996
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/traffic/article154312654.html
Georgia Code 40-6-124

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