The color of your car’s turn signal lens might mean the difference between getting rear-ended by another car and arriving home safely with no problems. It turns out an amber-colored lens is more visible to other drivers than the traditionally used red lens. Yet, neither California nor federal law requires vehicles to use amber lenses for their turn signals. This could add up to more personal injury cases.
Studies affirm red signals are less effective
Driver safety studies fully claim that rear-end accident rates could be lowered by more than 5% if vehicles with red turn signal lenses were switched to amber lenses. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2008 said vehicles with red turn signal lenses were 22% more likely to suffer a rear-end collision than vehicles with amber lenses.
NHTSA followed up that study with another one that examined car models that had red turn signal lenses on prior model years but changed to amber lenses on subsequent models. The change from red to amber netted a 5.3% reduction in rear-end collisions, NHTSA concluded. While it may seem like a small rate, that adds up to a lot fewer accidents and personal injury cases.
No amber lens mandate
Despite strong evidence that amber turn signal lenses reduce the number of traffic accidents and personal injury cases, neither the federal government nor California officials have mandated the use of amber lenses. That means more drivers and passengers could continue to suffer car accidents and personal injury claims that otherwise would not have happened. An experienced California personal injury attorney can help to hold the right people accountable if you are injured in a rear-end crash.