It has been a hot topic recently: motorists who use their hazard lights while driving in the rain. In the State of Florida, it is illegal to drive with your hazard lights on. Hazard lights are for stopped vehicles only. The one situation where Florida drivers are allowed to use their hazard lights is when their vehicle is being used in a funeral procession.
Many drivers feel that turning on their hazard lights will make them more visible to other drivers in the rain or fog, but in fact they can put you more at risk. Hazard lights can actually reduce visibility making other drivers think you are stopped or stalled.
Another issue with using your hazards is that it can cause confusion for other drivers. Most drivers expect to see hazard lights when there is a specific danger ahead. If drivers are busy looking for a hazard or slowing down in anticipation of one, they may take their eyes off the road, or unnecessarily slow down and disrupt the flow of traffic.
In some cars, turn signals are disabled when the hazard lights are turned on. If drivers cannot anticipate your next move, the likelihood of an accident increases. The best advice is if visibility is so bad that you cannot see; pull off to the side of the road, into a parking lot, plaza or somewhere safe until conditions improve.
Driver confusion, unexpected slowdowns and bad weather is a recipe for disaster. Drivers should be advised to put on their low beams, as high beams can cause glare in the rain and fog. Most importantly, avoid driving in bad weather conditions when at all possible.
Using Your Hazard Lights Properly Can Help Save Lives
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident while driving in rainy weather conditions, it is important to contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer. The law firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A. is dedicated to protecting the rights of those involved in automobile accidents. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.