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How roundabouts can prevent serious accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 20, 2018 | Car Accidents

Roundabouts don’t necessarily prevent accidents from occurring. However, they help to reduce the severity of an accident that occurs. This can save Oklahoma drivers and others from getting seriously hurt or killed in a crash. The reason why roundabouts make intersections safer for drivers, pedestrians and others who use a road is because they force vehicles to slow down. Furthermore, drivers don’t have to pay attention to anything other than the presence of other vehicles in the roundabout prior to entering it.

Although placing a traffic light at an intersection can reduce accidents, they may be more severe in nature. This is because a driver may be tempted to time his or her attempt to go through it. The state of North Carolina is installing roundabouts in a variety of different locations in an effort to reduce the number of accident fatalities to zero.

It is part of the Vision Zero initiative that began in Sweden in the 1990s. Today, a variety of local and state governments are participating in the program and working to make roads safer for drivers, pedestrians and anyone else who may be on or near them. In North Carolina, roundabouts are being placed in mostly rural areas where two-lane roads are particularly dangerous for drivers and pedestrians alike.

An auto accident may result in a driver or passenger experiencing significant injures whether a car hits another vehicle or collides with an object such as a telephone pole or tree. Those who are hurt by a negligent driver may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. Damages may also be available to help an injured victim refurbish a home or car to make it easier to use.