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How roundabouts can make roads safer

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2023 | Car Accidents

Road design can play a key role in reducing the risk of accidents in Florida and throughout the country. For instance, making use of roundabouts as opposed to traditional intersections may reduce the risk of collisions between vehicles as well as collisions between vehicles and pedestrians.

You can’t drive as fast

Traffic that is directed through a roundabout tends to travel at a lower rate of speed because vehicles are forced to navigate a tight circle. If a car is traveling too quickly, it could easily lose control and either flip over or cause a chain reaction of collisions. However, if a car accident does occur, the likelihood of serious bodily injury or death is reduced as the wreck will also happen at a reduced speed. Furthermore, traffic tends to move smoother in a roundabout, which can also make your odds of getting in a car accident lower than if you were going through a traditional intersection.

Roundabouts are easier on pedestrians

Pedestrians benefit from roundabouts in a number of ways as well. For instance, foot and bike paths are typically designed to route them away from traffic. If they do have to cross the road, they generally spend less time in the direct path of a vehicle. Finally, roundabouts tend to reduce vehicle emissions, which means that you can breathe cleaner air while biking to work, school or the park.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you might be entitled to compensation for lost wages, physical therapy and other damages. You can use cellphone records or witness statements to prove that the wreck was caused by a negligent driver. Vehicle maintenance records and video footage can also be used to make it easier to obtain a favorable outcome in your case.