For many years, the only time that American drivers saw roundabouts was when they traveled to another country; however, this is changing quickly. Roundabouts or traffic circles are supposed to increase the safety of drivers by slowing down vehicles in intersections and road exchanges. Although there are advantages to traffic circles under many circumstances, they also can be the scene of serious accidents.
When there are traffic accidents, the resulting harm may lead to extensive medical treatment, lost work, and an inability to meet financial obligations. The compassionate and skilled Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting our clients the compensation that they need to recover and pay their bills.
There are many reasons why municipalities are installing roundabouts rather than traffic lights. These include:
• Better traffic flow – vehicles continuously merge into roundabout rather than coming to a complete standstill, so there is better traffic movement;
• Environmental benefits – there are fewer vehicles that stop and stand at a roundabout, so there are fewer emissions and lower fuel consumption;
• Fewer accidents – there are many types of accidents that occur in intersections, including head-on crashes, left-turn collisions, and right-hand turn impacts. The use of a traffic circle eliminates many of these types of accidents;
• Construction costs – for many municipalities, it is more cost-effective to construct and maintain roundabouts; and
• Safer for pedestrians – a roundabout allows a pedestrian to cross the roadway where there is traffic moving in only one direction. It provides a safer means of transverse for many people.
Due to the safety considerations, the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is promoting the installation of traffic circles in place of intersections in many different areas. One of the main reasons for this is because there is such a high accident rate in intersections. Approximately 40 percent of all accidents happen in intersections, according to the statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA). By replacing traditional intersections with traffic circles, it may be possible to decrease the number of accidents. In fact, the IIHS has analyzed the potential decrease in traffic accidents when a roundabout replaces a traditional intersection and there is the potential for a 40 percent reduction in accidents, with a much greater reduction in accidents that lead to serious injuries. The improvement in safety has prompted federal agencies to recommend the construction of roundabouts when there are new road installations or existing roadways are in need of significant renovation.
One of the reasons that traffic circles reduce accidents is due to the fact that vehicles are traveling in the same direction and at a much lower rate of speed than when vehicles cross through intersections. However, there still is the potential for collisions when vehicles merge into traffic in the roundabout in a negligent or aggressive manner. Regardless of whether a person was injured in an accident in an intersection, a roundabout, or some other type of collision, it is crucial to retain the right personal injury attorney.
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