Living in Florida, especially South Florida exposes us to a lot of creative driving practices, especially during the winter when seasonal residents and vacationers arrive from all over the world. Many of these visitors use driving customs that are acceptable in the state or country where they live.
As Floridians, we are exposed to a lot of peculiar driving techniques. One of the more dangerous practices is when people drive with their hazard lights on, particularly during rainstorms.
Florida Law Prohibits Driving With Hazard Lights On – With One Exception
Driving with your hazard lights on is against the law in Florida, with the exception of driving during a funeral procession. So why do so many drivers break the law? One reason is that it’s not illegal to drive with hazards on in all states. According to AAA, hazard light use is permitted or permitted under certain circumstances in 39 of 50 states.
Very few people read the driving laws of the states they’re visiting or stop to consider the driving rules may be different. Thus this type of confusion can lead to an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents resulting in serious personal injury such as head trauma, concussion, traumatic brain injury (tbi) or worse, death.
The Dangers of Using Your Hazard Lights Incorrectly
A surprising number of drivers and passengers believe they are being safe drivers by using their hazard lights while driving in Florida during a rainstorm. Sadly, what they don’t realize is how dangerous this is for them as well as the drivers around them. For one thing, in some cars the turn signal is disabled when the hazards are turned on.
Even if the blinker does work, it can be hard for drivers behind you to distinguish your turn signal from your hazard light particularly when visibility is low as in bad weather conditions. If drivers can’t anticipate your next move, such as changing lanes or applying your brakes, your accident risk could increase.
What are Your Rights?
If a driver has caused a collision due to improper use of their hazard lights, they could be found liable to an injured driver of passenger for any resulting damages. Depending on the nature of injury and the extent of damage, compensation may include medical bills, lost wages, property damage and more.
Get You The Help You Deserve
If you or someone you know experiences significant trauma to the head or neck area as the result of a car accident, motorcycle accident, boating accident, or bicycle accident should have a medical evaluation for the possibility of a spinal injury.
If you or your passenger has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, experienced spinal cord Injury or traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident or if you would like more information about wrongful death or other serious injury cases click here to contact a Toral Law personal injury attorney. Or call Toral Law at 1 (800) 867-2552. Toral Law was listed by Newsweek as one of the top twenty leaders in personal injury law.