Failure to signal

Failed to Observe Signal and Got a Ticket in NYC?

Turn signal violation in New York

Turn signal violtion in New York

New York traffic law requires you to signal before taking certain driving actions. Failure to signal as required by law is considered to be a moving violation. You could receive a traffic citation for not signaling, and you could also be held legally liable if you cause an accident because you do not use your traffic signals properly.

NY Traffic Firm can provide you with assistance if you are accused of a signal violation and are given a no turn signal ticket. When you are cited for not using your signals to alert other drivers to your actions, you should not just pay your fine because paying the required fine means you’re giving up your right to fight the ticket.

By admitting guilt, you incur all of the penalties and consequences that go along with the ticket for not signaling. New York traffic ticket lawyers can help you fight to avoid – or at least minimize – these consequences so moving violations won’t put your license to drive at risk.

You have a limited duration of time in which you can act if you’re accused of failing to use turn signal, so you should contact our knowledgeable legal team as soon as you get ticketed.

Don’t ignore the traffic signal violation and make the consequences worse and don’t admit you did anything wrong. Give us a call right away and let us help you to develop a legal strategy that works for your situation.

New York Laws on Failure to Signal

There are a number of laws in New York regarding when you must signal when operating a vehicle. Fo example:

  • NY VTL 1163 explains when and how you must signal when you make a turn.
  • NY VTL 1164 explains requirements for signaling using signaling lamps and explains signals by hand and arm.
  • NY VTL 1165 explains the legal method of giving hand-and-arm signals.

Under these laws, you are not allowed to turn at an intersection without signaling first. You are also not allowed to change lanes or to enter private roads or private driveways without using an appropriate signal first. If you are making any type of left turn or right tun, your signal must be given continuously as you drive in the 100 feet that you travel immediately before making the turn.

The law also mandates that if you are going to stop or are going to suddenly decrease how fast your car is going, you should give an appropriate signal to the driver who is following behind you if there is an opportunity to give the signal before you need to stop or slow.

Finally, if you are stopped on a public highway or disabled, you must use simultaneously flashing signals if your car has them, unless you’ve stopped because you’re legally parked or to comply with a traffic control device.

Penalties for Failure to Signal

If you do not follow the rules for signaling, you can be cited for a traffic signal violation and get points on you driver’s license if convicted. Failing to signal a lane change, for example, will result in you getting two points on your driver’s license.  A ticket for not signaling also comes with a fine, but it is the ongoing costs associated with moving violations that can usually cause the most financial loss. If you have moving violations and citations on your driving record, this can result in your auto insurance rates rising– sometimes substantially and sometimes for years.

Points on your license are also disqualifying from careers where a clean driving record is required. And, too many points in a short duration of time can actually result in your license to drive being suspended.

Fight Your Ticket

You don’t have roll over, pay the citation and be done. Over-eager traffic enforcement intermingles with errors every day. Always be ready to fight back. The odds are in your favor when you work with NY Traffic Firm.

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Getting Help from a New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer

When accused of failure to signal, you have options. You can defend yourself against the accusations by claiming you did actually signal, by claiming you couldn’t signal because you had to turn or stop suddenly out of necessity, or by simply introducing reasonable doubt about whether you actually committed a traffic signal violation.

You could potentially also negotiate a deal to minimize penalties and avoid points on your license. The New York traffic ticket lawyers at NY Traffic Firm have helped many motorists to reduce or avoid consequences for failure to signal, so give our Manhattan office a call today for help.

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