Roundabouts could reduce collisions

The implementation of roundabouts could make Florida roads safer, according to the Federal Highway Administration. A roundabout is a type of circular intersection that can replace other two-way stop control mechanisms like traffic signals. The agency claims that roundabouts are much safer than other stop control mechanisms, and switching to the circular intersections can lead to a significant reduction in the number of severe crashes in an area.

A roundabout uses geometry to create a safe, low-speed environment where vehicles are changing direction. As cars approach the roundabout, they yield to vehicles that are traveling around the circulatory roadway. A center island in the middle of the roundabout helps to reduce the number of potential collisions.

According to the agency, one-third of all fatalities that result from intersection collisions occur at signalized intersections. These accidents cause the deaths of 2,300 people every year. Among the accidents, collisions that involve a driver running a red light kill around 700 people every year by themselves. The agency has found that when a signalized intersection is converted to a roundabout, the number of severe crashes in that area drops by 78 percent. Placing a roundabout where a two-way stop control mechanism used to be leads to an 82 percent reduction in severe crashes.

Car accidents at intersections can be particularly severe because of the number of vehicles that can become involved. A person who has been injured in an intersection crash through the negligence of another might wish to pursue a claim for compensation from the driver who was at fault. Many car accident victims choose to seek help from an attorney during this process to ensure that all of the available evidence is presented.

Source: US department of Transportation , “Proven Safety Countermeasures – Roundabouts“, December 10, 2014