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Benefits of Roundabouts Include Reducing Motorists’ Injuries and Fatalities

Jeff Cole
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1/25/2016
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While you can find roundabouts all over Europe and Australia, they are only now becoming more popular and prevalent in the United States. A roundabout is a form of intersection where traffic is directed into a circular pattern and vehicles travel in the circle until they find their exit point. Roundabouts can be one or two lanes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roundabouts have these key features:

  • A circular design that can include an island in the center for pedestrians
  • A design that requires vehicles to enter the roundabout to continue on the roadway and slows traffic
  • Vehicles entering the roundabout must always yield to ones already in the circle

What Are the Benefits of Roundabouts?

Roundabouts can reduce accidents on both urban and rural roads. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the following findings prove that roundabouts are significantly safer:

  • Roads with a two-way stop that are converted to roundabouts can experience an 82 percent reduction in serious injuries and fatalities and a 44 percent reduction in crashes.
  • Signalized intersections that become roundabouts can see a 78 percent reduction in serious injuries and fatalities and a 48 percent reduction in crashes.

In addition, roundabouts offer the following benefits:

  • Reduction in fuel consumption
  • Reduction in air pollution
  • Fewer traffic delays
  • Lower construction and maintenance costs

Although roundabouts reduce accidents, they still occur, and victims can be seriously injured. If you or a family member was injured in a roundabout crash caused by a negligent driver, call our experienced car accident attorneys at 888-733-2992 or start an online chat to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can assist you.



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