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Roundabouts Improve Intersection Safety, but Crashes May Still Occur

By Lipton Law on October 31, 2011 - No comments

Roundabout Car AccidentsRecently, roundabouts have replaced traditional road intersections in many locations in Michigan. Commonly used in Europe, roundabouts keep traffic moving and reduce the risk of accidents by guiding traffic in a circle that moves around and through the intersection, rather than forcing drivers to stop for a light or a signal.

Roundabouts can help reduce the number of serious accidents at intersections both by keeping all the traffic moving in the same direction and by reducing traffic speeds, making it less likely that a high-speed vehicle will cause a crash, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). However, accidents can still occur in roundabouts, so it’s wise to understand the most likely ways crashes can occur. By keeping an eye out for common roundabout accident causes, you can help protect yourself from an accident.

Crashes are more common in multi-lane roundabouts than in single-lane ones, according to the IIHS. The most common types of crashes involve a single car hitting the center island, which is often caused by entering the roundabout too fast. Vehicles rear-ending or side-swiping one another while entering or leaving a roundabout were also common. Even these crashes, however, did not tend to cause as many serious injuries as crashes at traditional intersections.

After a Michigan car accident, you may feel overwhelmed by the requirements of your no-fault insurance and your need to find out what happened. At Lipton Law, our experienced Southfield car accident attorneys can help you handle these and other issues so that you can focus on recovery. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248)557-1688.