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California Roundabout Accident Attorneys

Roundabouts are Unfamiliar to Many Drivers

A roundabout is used instead of an intersection to control traffic. There are no traffic lights or stop signs at a roundabout. Instead, drivers travel continuously in a counterclockwise direction until they are ready to exit the roundabout.

When compared to traditional intersections, roundabouts increase the overall traffic flow and reduce the number of serious and fatal crashes. But many drivers have difficulty adjusting to the unique rules for driving in a roundabout, and this can cause accidents. Roundabouts also create hazards for cyclists and pedestrians.

If you were injured in a California roundabout accident due to the negligence of another driver, assured The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV is prepared to hold them accountable in a court of law. We will pursue your claim tirelessly and will not stop until you've received the optimal outcome and maximum recovery for your injuries. Call today at (562) 901-0840 for a free consultation with a Long Beach car accident lawyer.

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The Benefits of Roundabouts

Also called traffic circles, roundabouts are very common in Europe, and they are becoming more common in the United States. There are many roundabouts in California, but people like to criticize them, complaining that they’re frustrating and difficult to use.

Unlike many California drivers, traffic engineers rave about the benefits of roundabouts. They argue that roundabouts reduce traffic congestion and eliminate dangerous types of accident that occur at intersections, particularly crashes that occur when drivers are making left turns. City planners and politicians like roundabouts because they are a lot less expensive to maintain than intersections with traffic signals.

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Roundabouts Confuse Drivers

The biggest problem with roundabouts is that many drivers just don’t know how to use them. It’s essential to educate citizens on the special rules they need to follow to stay safe on roundabouts and prevent accidents. When people are not prepared to use a roundabout, the following problems will arise:

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Problems for Pedestrians and Cyclists

Roundabouts present special challenges to pedestrians and cyclists. Unlike an intersection that’s regulated with traffic lights, drivers never come to a complete stop in a roundabout. Instead, pedestrians must wait for a break in the traffic flow before entering a crosswalk. This creates serious hazards for pedestrians with visual impairments or physical disabilities.

Cyclists can either attempt to merge with the flow of traffic or get off their bicycle and use the crosswalk. Many cyclists complain that roundabouts are dangerous and difficult to use. A study involving more than 300 roundabouts in Denmark found that installing roundabouts led to a 65 percent increase in the number of bike crashes and 40 percent increase in bike accident injuries. Roundabouts are most dangerous for cyclists when they are entering or exiting the roundabout.

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Common Roundabout Injuries

Roundabout accidents cause the following type of injuries and negative consequences:

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Have You Been Injured in a Roundabout Traffic Accident?

An experienced California car accident attorney can help you get a settlement to cover the cost of your medical care and other expenses when you have been injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence.

Joseph H. Low, IV has a remarkable record of achieving remarkable results for his clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, call The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV today for a free case analysis. The number is (562) 901-0840.

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