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Who's at Fault if a Driver Signaled but Didn't Turn?

You were sitting at an intersection waiting for through traffic to pass. A car that was approaching was giving a signal, so you assumed to go, and you pulled out. However, that other vehicle did not stop and you were hit by that car. The other driver might not admit he or she was giving a signal, so it could become a he said, she said argument. There is a chance that you have witnesses who support your claim and saw the other driver giving a signal, but how the entire scenario works out could depend on how liability is divided.


In some states, both drivers can be responsible for a crash. Depending on the law, you might be able to pursue a claim against the other party if you are no more than 50% at fault. However, in some states you can still pursue damages if you were 99% to blame. Whose fault the accident is depends on the overall circumstance. While turn signals are required to be used, you should never just assume that a car is going to actually turn because a turn signal is on. Traffic laws do not say that the use of the turn signal should help you determine when it is safe to proceed. You should not take the right of way just because an approaching car is using a turn signal.

The Scenario

Say you are waiting at a stop sign and a car is approaching from the left, giving a signal to turn right. You pull from the intersection to turn left, only to find that the car was not making a right turn and slams into the driver’s side of your vehicle. You could be at fault for the entire crash because cars at stop signs are required to yield to vehicles that don’t have stop signs. You should have waited until the vehicle had passed or turned. It could, however, be shared fault because one driver signaled improperly, and the other driver did not wait at the stop sign until that car passed.

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Damages That Result

There can be a variety of damages that result from such a crash. The damages usually include property damages, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental trauma, permanent scarring, and more. You need to maintain documentation and evidence, such as medical bills, medical records, damage estimates, proof of missed work and lost wages, and so forth. Documentation is the key to a successful claim.

Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been involved in an accident with a vehicle that gave a signal and did not turn, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will review the details, investigate the accident, and then determine if you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today to get your case reviewed. Time is of the essence, so don’t wait until it is too late.

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