Not Using Blinker is a Key Factor in Alaska Car Accidents

For drivers in Alaska and throughout the US, encountering a motorist who does not use their turn indicator is annoying. However, beyond the frustration, it is important to realize that failure to employ the blinker is also a key factor that contributes to car accidents. According to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), drivers who do not use their turn signals account for around 2 million traffic crashes every year. In their report, researchers noted that there was no known study on turn signal usage by the US Department of Transportation, other government agencies, universities, or any private safety organization – despite the risks.

Many drivers would never consider getting behind the wheel while drunk, yet they see no problem with neglecting to flip on the blinker when making a traffic maneuver. This careless approach puts you in danger of serious injuries, and anAnchorage car accident lawyer can assist with your legal options. Failing to use the turn indicator is a form of negligence, and some background information will help you understand why.

Appreciating the Importance of Blinkers

Applying a turn indicator is more than courtesy to other drivers, and there are reasons that it is required by Alaska traffic laws. Flipping your blinker on makes other motorists aware you are making a traffic maneuver, so they know to be on alert for potential slow-downs or stops in the traffic flow. When motorists have more time to react, they are better able to avoid collisions.

Some scenarios about the failure to use a blinker demonstrate the importance:

  • An oncoming car making a left turn could get broadsided.
  • A vehicle making a right will slow beforehand, but the following driver is not prepared to stop.
  • To others on the road, lane changes appear erratic and sudden when there is no blinker.
  • A motorist who spots an obstacle ahead may need to drive around it.


Failure to Use the Blinker is Negligence 

The theory of liability behind Anchorage car accidents is negligence, and there are four elements you must prove to prevail:

  • The other motorist had a duty to drive safely;
  • That person breached the duty of care through careless or reckless acts;
  • The breach of duty was the direct cause of the accident in which you were injured; and,
  • You suffered losses as a result of your injuries.

The failure to turn on a blinker before making a maneuver is the breach of duty mentioned above. It is a violation of traffic laws, but also demonstrates a failure to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel. Often, dash cams can serve as proof of whether the blinker was on.

Reach Out to an Alaska Car Accident Attorney Today

For more information on other types of negligence that cause motor vehicle collisions, please contact Power & Power Law at 907-222-9990 or via our website. We are happy to set up a complimentary case review at our offices in Anchorage. After reviewing your circumstances, an Alaska auto crash lawyer can provide additional details.