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Are Roundabouts an Effective Car Accident Solution?

Are Roundabouts an Effective Car Accident Solution?

car accident solutionAre roundabouts an effective car accident solution? How should drivers navigate these novel attempts to reduce traffic congestion and motor vehicle accidents at intersections? Roundabouts are the rage of city planners across the country. From California to New York, city engineers are designing and installing roundabouts at will. However, many drivers don't know how to navigate these novel features because of their sudden proliferation on American shores. As they say, practice makes perfect, and so is learning how safe roundabout navigation is essential for a safe trip from Point A to Point B.

Understanding Roundabouts

Roundabouts are safer than the traditional stop sign or stop signal intersection. Rather than stopping traffic at a single point, roundabouts aim to channel traffic through the intersection and on toward the desired road.

Roundabouts are an interesting car accident solution that is less expensive to install and requires slightly less space than traditional intersections. They are typically installed in high traffic areas and those with a history of accidents.

Benefits of Roundabouts

Studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that roundabouts significantly reduce motor vehicle collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Overall, collisions are reduced by 37% at roundabouts, while injury collisions are reduced by approximately 75%. In areas where roundabouts are installed, there is a 90% reduction in fatal motor vehicle accidents and a 40% reduction in pedestrian-involved collisions.

Roundabouts force drivers to slow to a low travel speed, which is typically between 15 to 20 MPH. This means that any collision that occurs in the roundabout will occur at a low speed and is less likely to cause serious injuries.

Because drivers don't have a light to race, drivers do not feel compelled to rush into and out of the intersection. This is one reason they are an increasingly popular car accident solution. The constant flow of traffic allows drivers to adjust their speed and remain in motion without coming to a complete stop. Finally, because traffic within a roundabout is channeled in the same direction, there is less possibility of suffering a head-on collision or t-bone collision.

Learning To Use Roundabouts

Roundabouts are far from new, but they weren't as common as they are becoming. This means that many drivers do not have experience driving through these types of intersections. In the short term, this can increase the risk of having an accident, and it is important to learn how to navigate a roundabout before you have to enter one.

In a single-lane roundabout, the process is simple. All drivers have to do is slow down to the posted speed and exit the roundabout at the desired travel direction. Drivers within the roundabout have the right of way, and motorists entering the roundabout must yield to these vehicles.

In a two-lane roundabout, drivers should remain in the lane of travel when they entered the roundabout. They should also follow road markings that can indicate whether they should stay in that lane to continue through the roundabout to the desired exit or move into the left lane to complete this maneuver. Since there are different roundabout designs, following these markings is essential for safe entry and exit.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Brad Pistotnik is a car accident attorney who represents motorists and pedestrians who suffer personal injuries in motor vehicle collisions in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.