As far back as 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that, compared to amber turn signals, red turn signals make it 22% more likely for a driver to be hit from behind when turning, changing lines or engaging in some other action where the signals are used. Though the NHTSA has thought of making amber turn signals essential for a five-star safety rating, Texas drivers should know that it has yet to make any mandate.
Second NHTSA study makes the benefits clearer
In 2009, the NHTSA conducted a second study that focused only on cars that had the color of their turn signals changed from red to amber, or vice versa, without any change to the size and shape of the taillight housing. Still, it came out that cars that switched to amber turn signals saw 5.3% fewer rear-end collisions.
Automakers may hesitate to put in amber turn signals
It’s not expensive to install amber turn signals, but multiply that cost by thousands of vehicles, and you can see why automakers would hesitate to make the switch. Yet these same automakers install much more expensive devices like radar sensors. In addition to automakers’ hesitation, another problem some experts point out is that current U.S. traffic laws don’t allow drivers to use laser headlights to the fullest.
What to do in the wake of an auto accident
Despite what automakers or legislators do, staying safe on the road is the driver’s responsibility. When driver negligence leads to an accident and a personal injury, those who incurred the injury may have a valid case on their hands. As long as your degree of fault is less than the defendant’s, you may be able to obtain compensatory damages, but it may be wise for you to see a lawyer before anything else.