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When it comes to turning, there are certain rules that you need to follow when driving. You are not simply permitted to turn whenever you want to. There are other cars on the road that you have to consider. You also need to give people behind and in front of you an indication that you wish to make a turn, no matter if that be left or right. Failing to do so can result in a traffic accident. This is why the police in Pennsylvania will issue you a traffic citation if they feel that you have made an improper turn or failed to use your signal properly.
You may be the most careful driver that you know, but that does mean that you are perfect. It could very well be that you were distracted and made a left hand turn when there was a moving car on the right. You might decide to turn right, but fail to properly indicate by turning your signal on in time. These are all reasons why you might be issued a citation. This does not have to be the end of the world, but you do want to take it seriously. You do not want such a violation on your record if at all possible. It will result in points being added to your license, and that could result in your insurance rates going up. This is why you need a lawyer fighting any such violation on your behalf.
Improper Turns and Signals Explained
You might not know exactly what constitutes an improper turn. The most common violation of this law if making a left-hand turn without first yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic. You might think that you have plenty of space, but the police might see it differently. You must make sure there is plenty of time to make that turn. If there is not, just wait until the car has gone through the intersection and then you are free to make your turn.
There are also certain rules and regulations governing the use of your turn signal. When you are driving slower than 35 miles per hours, you will need to turn that signal on a minimum of 100 feet before you decide to make the turn. When you are driving more than 35 miles per hour, then that distance increases to 300 feet. This is because drivers behind you will need the extra to slow down themselves.
Keep in mind that it is your obligation to make sure that your turn signals are working properly. If they are not, you need to get them fixed. Until you are able to do so, the law does permit you to still make a left or right turn, but you will need to use hand signals before doing so. This is not ideal, but it will get the job done. Remember that the same distance rule still applies here.
What Happens If You Get Cited For an Improper Turn or Signal?
If you are seen to be making an improper turn or failing to signal properly, the police may very well pull you over. When it is safe to do so, come to a stop on the side of the road and turn off your ignition. Wait for the police to approach and then respectfully listen to them. They will issue you a citation and you will be on your way if you are polite and follow their instructions. You are under no obligation to answer any questions relating to the citation itself. In fact, it is best not to. Just inform the police officer that you will wait to contact your lawyer before answering any questions.
As soon as you are able to, call our office. Let us know that you have been cited and we will immediately begin to fight the charge for you. There are possible defenses that we can lodge, so let us get to work.