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Do Motorcycles Have to Use Turn Signals?

If you are traveling down the road either riding a motorcycle or near motorcycles, you might be wondering if a motorcycle needs to make a turn signal like a car or truck would. According to traffic laws, motorcycles are required to be equipped with at least one headlight, one taillight, a brake light, a registration plate light, rear reflectors, and turn signal lights.

Older motorcycles, made before 1973, are not required to have turn signals because most of them were not equipped with them originally, but operators must use a hand signal when operating them. Just like any other motorized vehicle, a motorcycle operator must use a signal before turning or making a lane change.

How Negligence Comes into Play

As the operator of a vehicle, you have a responsibility to obey traffic laws. That means that you must obey the speed limit, obey traffic lights and signs, and exercise due care to protect others from harm. If any of those actions are ignored and an accident results, the driver or operator of the vehicle is responsible for the damages that result. When negligence has been proven, you have a successful personal injury claim with documentation.

Damages That Might Result

A variety of damages might result from an accident caused by a motorcycle not giving a turn signal. Common damages are medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, future loss of earnings, mental trauma, pain and suffering, property damages, loss of consortium, permanent scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. You need to maintain documentation to support your claim, such as medical records, medical bills, proof of missed work and lost wages, damage repair estimates, and photos of any damages and injuries.

Do Motorcycle Drivers Have to use Turn Signals?

What to Do in Such Situations

If your motorcycle is equipped with a working signal, it might be difficult to prove that the motorcycle rider failed to use the signal. In those situations, it becomes one person’s word against another unless there is strong evidence that suggests the signal was not used, such as a dash cam or some business camera that caught the entire incident or the statements of eyewitnesses who had no connection to either party involved in the crash.

When there is an accident, always call the police to complete an accident report. They will investigate and try to determine what caused the crash. Often, they can find out if a signal was not used when it should have been. That accident report might show fault, which could be a big help to your personal injury claim as well.

Consult with A Personal Injury Attorney

If you were involved in a crash where a motorcycle didn’t use its turn signal, you must consult with a personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will investigate your crash, determine what went wrong and why, and then help you decide the best way to proceed with your claim. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today so you can get your claim on the right track!

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