Kurt Arbuckle: My name’s Kurt Arbuckle. I’m a lawyer in Houston, Texas, and I represent people who’ve been involved in motorcycle collisions. This is the seventh video in my series on motorcycle crashes.
In this last video, I want to talk about one more way that motorcyclists get injured in collisions that are the fault of the driver of the vehicle, either the car or the truck. That is the failure of the car or truck to signal when they’re going to take some action.
Of course, the one we’ve seen most is the failure to signal when they’re about to change lanes. They don’t see the motorcyclist, either because they’re not paying attention or because they’re distracted by something else they’re doing.
They don’t think that there are any cars around, so they just make the lane‑change or other thing that they’re doing, without signaling. Here’s what the law says. The rules of the road say that a motorist is supposed to signal, even if there is no one in sight.
This is one of the reasons why. In case the motorist doesn’t see a vehicle, particularly a motorcycle. The vehicle is always supposed to signal when it makes turns or lane changes or anything else that requires that signaling component.
If you’ve been injured on your motorcycle because somebody didn’t properly signal before they took some kind of action that requires a signal, then you are entitled to compensation for the injuries that they may have caused you.