December 28th 2015 | Updated November 17th 2017

Is It Illegal to Drive With Your Hazards On?

Hazard lights. Your vehicle has them for a reason, but what exactly is that reason? It has been a popular issue brought up on social media as well as news broadcasts as of late because a surprising number of Florida drivers do not understand the laws and proper usage regarding their hazard lights. In the state of Florida, it is illegal to drive with your hazards flashing. Hazards are supposed to be reserved for stopped vehicles only. So, even if you are trying to drive with caution, turning on your hazard lights is against the law. There is, however, an exception to that law, which allows vehicles in a funeral procession to have their hazard lights on while driving.

Why Is It Illegal to Drive with Hazards On?

The reason for the law is because Florida Highway Patrol officers and other first responders are on the lookout for vehicles with their hazard lights flashing so that they know someone needs help. In addition, hazard lights that are on while driving can limit the visibility of the drivers behind those vehicles as well as in front – and even make drivers think your vehicle is stopped or stalled while it is actually moving.If there is something wrong, pull your vehicle over and then activate your hazard lights. Driving with your hazards make it harder for drivers to see and proceed with caution. Some drivers will be unable to tell if you are braking, slowing, or engaging your turn signals because of the flashing lights.

A Few Tips for Pulling Off to the Side of the Road

If you have an emergency while driving – whether there’s a problem with your vehicle, a medical issue with you or someone in the car, or any other distraction – pull off to the side of the road. If for some reason you cannot reach safety, you still should get as far to the right or left of the street as you can and then activate your hazard lights. A few other things you need to do include:
  1. Stay in the vehicle. While you may assume that you are safer if you exit the vehicle, doing so puts you at risk for being struck by another car – especially at night when drivers cannot make out figures.
  2. Never stand in front of your vehicle. If you have to exit the car, do not stand in front of it. If the vehicle was to be rear-ended by oncoming traffic – which is more common than you might think – you could be struck by your own vehicle.
  3. Pull over only in an emergency. If your vehicle can exit the road and stop in a parking lot, do so. Never stop on the side of the road unless you have an emergency that will not allow you to get to a safer place.
  4. Contact the police. If you are stopped or stuck on the side of the road, contact the authorities right away to report your location and wait in the vehicle until they arrive.

Injured? Contact Vasilaros | Wagner Today

If you were injured in an emergency situation while on the side of the road, you could be entitled to compensation for those injuries. Speak with a Daytona Beach accident attorney today at Vasilaros | Wagner at 386-777-7777 or fill out an online contact form with your questions.
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