The Common Causes of Roundabout Auto Accidents
According to a recent report, roundabouts, also called traffic circles, are installed with greater regularity in the United States. The design of a roundabout creates a safe intersection for motorists, pedestrians, and bicycle riders alike by reducing speeds and congestion. Accidents that lead to death or severe injury could be reduced by over 80 percent when an intersection is converted into a roundabout.
Roundabouts have three similar attributes, regardless of how many entries and exit points exist. Each roundabout uses counterclockwise traffic flow, forces cars to yield when entering, and forces drivers to negotiate the traffic circle at low speeds. These design features increase the safety of all users, including pedestrians and bicycle riders.
Roundabouts are safer than traditional intersections because of the slower speeds coupled with the reduction of conflict points. A traditional four-way intersection has 32 conflict points, whereas a roundabout reduces that number to eight. Collisions are less severe because the vehicles are moving slower and in the same direction.
The design of a roundabout is not foolproof. Severe and sometimes fatal collisions can occur when a person speeds, drives while intoxicated, or drives recklessly on a roundabout. Speeders can cause crashes in two scenarios. A speeding driver could slam into the rear of vehicles waiting to enter the traffic circle. Also, a speeding car might enter the roundabout without yielding to oncoming traffic.
Reckless drivers obstruct the traffic flow. Unsafe drivers can change lanes in the roundabout without warning. Other people might become confused and stop in the circle. Roundabouts are not designed to accommodate a motorist that stops. Roundabouts are safe because the traffic keeps moving.
It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education. Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway. Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries. To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit montlick.com and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting iridesafe.com.
Put Our Law Firm's Legal Experience To Work For You! We Know What It Takes To Win!™
While we hope you are safe and never need our services, we are here to help you if you are involved in any type of accident or just have a question. Call Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, for your free consultation today. Our law firm has been representing those who suffer serious injuries for over 37 years and our attorneys have recovered billions of dollars for our clients. We Know What It Takes To Win!™ Please visit our read Montlick and Associates reviews to see what our clients have to say about our commitment to exceptional service.
No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us nationwide 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or simply dial #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. You can also visit us online at Montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.