Roundabouts: A safer alternative to signalized intersections

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Dec 16, 2014 in Car Accident News

Every day in the United States, an average of eight people are killed in vehicle accidents that occur within signalized intersections. If you have lost someone you love in traffic accident caused by a negligent driver, do not hesitate to conact our experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation. 

By constructing roundabouts in lieu of signalized intersections, the amount of injuries and fatalities suffered by residents of Nevada could be significantly reduced. Although many drivers are wary of roundabouts, this type of intersection offers a range of benefits. The circular geometry of roundabouts result in lower speeds and thus safety advantages, and since cars yield to other vehicles within the roundabout, operational performance is typically more than satisfactory. Accident rates are also reduced by circular islands located within roundabouts that act as barriers between vehicles. According to the Federal Highway Administration, a location can experience a 44 percent drop in overall crashes and an 82 percent reduction in the amount of severe crashes by converting from a two-way stop control mechanism to a roundabout. By converting to a roundabout from a signalized intersection, locations can experience a 48 percent reduction in overall crashes and a 78 percent reduction in severe crashes. Despite the aforementioned statistics, a variety of factors determine the effectiveness of a particular roundabout.

Design features, channelization and site selection are just a few of the many elements to be aware of before making a final decision about whether or not to construct a roundabout in a particular area. Because of the safety features characteristic of roundabouts, car accidents that occur within the circular roadways generally leave individuals with fewer injuries and expenses than they might expect from an accident in a standard intersection. If you have been in an accident and you want to seek out compensation for damages resulting from a roundabout or signalized intersection accident, contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas today for a free consultation. 

Source: US Department of Transportation , "Proven Safety Countermeasures - Roundabouts", December 12, 2014