Roundabouts & Driver Safety
Roundabouts are commonly used in some parts of the world. Europe, Asia, and even South America tend to have more roundabouts than the US. However, there are thousands of these intersections in the US. They were popular in this country in the 1960s, but were used very little in the following decades until experiencing a minor resurgence in recent years. Studies have shown that this type of intersection can actually be safer for drivers than the types of light systems more commonly used in the US, but this requires that drivers know how to use roundabouts correctly.
The following tips can help you safely use roundabouts:
- Maintain awareness of other vehicles, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, the entire time you are in a roundabout intersection
- Yield to traffic already in the roundabout
- Make note of oversized vehicles and avoid entering near them if possible
- While in the roundabout, try to avoid switching lanes or coming to a stop
- When you are ready to exit the roundabout, signal properly and check for a clear path
One of the most important issues with roundabouts is to be exceptionally cautious about cyclists. While roundabouts have proven safer for drivers who know how to use them, they have historically increased the danger for cyclists. The roundabouts with designated bicycle lanes around the outside have been the most dangerous for cyclists, and if you are in such an intersection, you should be sure to check over your right shoulder for any approaching cyclists when you are exiting.
Contact the Madison car accident lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today if you or someone you love was injured in an accident at a roundabout and you believe someone else was at fault. Our compassionate and qualified attorneys are ready to fight for your legal rights.