There seems to be a theme among the accidents caused by negligent drivers in the Woodland Hills area. And by theme, we mean a trail of common mistakes these drivers make that result in serious auto accidents. Read on to learn more…
Neglecting the Turn Signal
California law is clear on how drivers should changes lanes in traffic or turn and that involves the use of a turn signal, which many drivers tend to ‘forget’. It may be surprising, but not using one’s turning signal is actually more dangerous and more prevalent than distracted drivers. In fact, according to statistics, motorists either neglect to use their signals when changing lanes, or fail to turn the signals off, about 48% of the time. When making a right or left turn, the failure rate is 25% of the time. These numbers add up to about 2 billion times a day that drivers fail to use signals, and it is no surprise that many auto accidents are caused by a driver’s failure to properly use a turn signal.
Many streets in the San Fernando Valley seem to go on forever with no opportunity to make a u-turn. Does that make it right for drivers to “pull a u-ey” when it is clearly illegal? Absolutely not. Making an illegal u-turn can cause serious auto accidents and put other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and even pedestrians at risk.
Not Paying Attention at Stop Lights
While it is probably safe to say that by now, every driver knows that texting and driving is against the law in California, it seems that many drivers have made an exception for when they are stopped at a traffic light. According to California law, it is still illegal to text while stopped at a traffic light or sign. Failing to pay attention to your surroundings while operating a motor vehicle can result in serious damage. Experienced accidents attorneys have seen many auto accidents caused by drivers who looked down at a red light for “just a second” to read or respond to a text message. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by someone who was texting and driving, contact an accident lawyer immediately to discuss your legal rights.
Your Legal Rights
No matter the cause, if you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you have legal rights and may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries. For more information, or to discuss your potential case, contact experienced auto accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today for a free consultation.