Connecticut Turn Signal Law

I’m going to run the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney in this post but so be it.

Do they not make vehicles with turn signals anymore?

I spend a lot of time on Connecticut roads and I’m afraid the turn signal is becoming extinct.  Has the recession caused automakers to cut back on turn signals?

Anyhow there’s no excuse even if your car lacks “a mechanical signal device”.

Any stop or turn signal required by section 14-242 or 14-243 may be given either by means of the hand and arm or by a signal lamp or lamps or mechanical signal device. Hand signals shall be as follows: (1) To stop or decrease speed: Hand and arm extended downward; (2) to turn left or to leave or draw away from a curb or the edge of the highway: Hand and arm extended horizontally with forefinger pointed; (3) to turn right: Hand and arm extended upward. Each operator of a motor vehicle who makes a turn signal by means of signal lamps or mechanical signal device shall turn in the direction indicated and return such signal to the nonoperating position immediately after completing the movement for which a signal has been given. Violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be an infraction. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 14-244.

That’s right, in the event your car lacks a mechanical signal device, put down your iPods, cell phones and coffee and use hand signals!

Ryan McKeen is a trial attorney at Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC in Glastonbury, Connecticut. In 2016, he was honored by the CT Personal Injury Hall of Fame for securing one of the highest settlements in the state. He is a New Leader in the Law. ABA 100. Avvo 10. 40 under 40 for Hartford Business Journal. He has been quoted in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Hartford Business Journal. He focuses his practice on Connecticut Personal Injury law. He loves what he does. Contact him or 860 471 8333

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