Laws vary from state to state but many people may not know that it is illegal to use your hazard on your car in several situations. There are specific reasons for hazard lights that you may not be aware of, but they serve a special purpose and it is best that you know the purpose they serve. In several states it is illegal to use your hazard lights while your car is in motion. This may come as a surprise to some because we have all seen car utilize their hazard lights in harsh weather, such as rain to alert cars behind that there is a car in front. This has become common on the road but it is against the law in some states.
The intended purpose of hazard lights is to alert emergency vehicles such as paramedics, the fire department and police officers, of a danger; very similar to a “S.O.S”. In threatening or dangerous situations, drivers are meant to use hazard lights so that when authorities are contacted, they are easily located; or at least easier to locate. In the event that a call cannot be made for whatever reason, such as not having a phone, if a cop or first responder is in the area and sees a car with their hazard lights on, this helps them recognize that someone needs help. When hazard lights are used for any purpose, it is like crying wolf and some people are cited, or overlooked.
It is important to use your hazard lights because of their intended purpose, but it is also important not to use them while driving because in the wrong conditions, drivers may think that your car is stopped and this can cause traffic to slow down and possibly cause accidents. When you are in need of help, it is wise to get over as soon as possible and use your hazard lights at that time. If you can’t make it off of the road and into a safe place at all, that is the best option.
There are many precautions to take on the road and understanding the purpose of hazard lights on the road can save several people unnecessary legal trouble. If you happen to be someone who used their hazard lights for their intended purpose and sustained an injured on the side of the road you need to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible as you may be entitled to compensation. Even if you were injured in an automobile accident related to someone’s incorrect use of hazard lights, speak with a skilled attorney, like a car accident lawyer in Dekalb County, GA, in your area, there may be help for you as well.
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