Have you ever been driving someplace away from home, trying to find your way through an unfamiliar neighborhood, and come across a roundabout at an intersection? If you don’t regularly use roundabouts, you may feel hesitant or even stressed about how to navigate the traffic circle.
Roundabouts have long been used in Europe to control the flow of traffic, and are becoming more common in the United States at heavily traveled intersections because traffic engineers like the enhanced safety and lower cost to build roundabouts compared to traffic lights.
However, they remain unfamiliar to many Americans, who are more accustomed to more traditional four-way intersections. Because of this unfamiliarity, it can be challenging for cities, counties, or states to teach drivers the rules for using roundabouts — and until drivers understand the rules, roundabout accidents may result and you or your family may be injured.
Road engineers often consider roundabouts safer than conventional intersections because they eliminate the possibility of ‘T-bone’ and head-on collisions. They also significantly reduce the number of potential crash points at an intersection.
Because of the touted benefits of roundabouts, many local transportation departments in the Chicago region have pushed for new construction projects in areas of high traffic or congestion. Most recently, the Burlington-at-Bolcum Roundabout Project was completed, just six miles from the traffic roundabout at Burlington Road and Route 47.
Although roundabouts are less expensive to maintain, and have proven to be successful in reducing traffic accidents, there are still ways in which they pose possible safety risks and may lead to roundabout accidents.
Common scenarios that can result in roundabout crashes include:
When used correctly, roundabouts are a safe and effective way to keep traffic moving through an intersection. However, serious accidents on roundabouts can result when a driver becomes distracted or fails to follow directions for navigating the traffic circle.
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