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Roundabouts can improve safety at intersections

Many Pennsylvania drivers are aware of certain intersections that are prone to serious car crashes. In some places, roads with speed limits of up to 55 mph can come together with only a stop sign connecting them. These junction points can see serious car accidents that often cause severe injuries or even death. The danger posed by these kinds of intersections is exacerbated when people travel at night or when visibility in the area is obstructed due to vegetation or weather conditions.

There are several actions that traffic authorities can take to improve the safety of these crossings. Planners often decide to install traffic lights, which are shown to reduce the number of car crashes. However, the accidents that do occur can still be severe. Another option is to install roundabouts, or traffic circles. While roundabouts provide less of a reduction in the overall number of accidents, they are far more effective in reducing the types of crashes that lead to serious injuries or fatalities.

When drivers approach a roundabout, they cannot enter the circle at a full rate of speed. There is no incentive to speed up to "beat" the light or an approaching vehicle. Instead, drivers are forced to slow down and check for oncoming cars already in the roundabout from the left. Roundabouts are also cost-effective; the installation costs are more than made up due to savings from reduced injury crashes.

People can have their lives changed in a second when a dangerous, distracted or negligent driver causes a motor vehicle accident. Accident victims can work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for their damages, which may include medical bills, lost wages and more.

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