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Why Roundabouts Are Put in Cities
As we go through driver’s education, we learn about many things. We learn about the signs we see on the roadside, we learn about the rules that apply to lines and colors on the roadways, and we learn about the rules that must be followed for intersections in order to be safe. Intersections come in a few different forms, meaning that each will have its own unique rules of operation to ensure that everyone that drives through them is safe, but some intersections seem to be more confusing than others.
Roundabouts are a form of intersection more and more city planners are putting into their cities rather than traditional four-way stops for a number of reasons. They help to move traffic more efficiently, keep traffic constantly flowing, and allow for drivers to not have a long wait at intersections that are fairly busy. While all of these positives exist for these intersections, many people do not know how to use them, which makes the experience for everyone else more difficult and dangerous. Unfortunately, when you do not know how to use these intersections, you can end up causing an accident, which can cause significant issues for those who end up with serious damages of injuries due to the accident you caused.
If you are injured in an accident due to another driver using a roundabout improperly, call a personal injury lawyer to see what they may be able to do for you and your case.
How Roundabouts Operate
Using roundabouts is easy, as long as you know what you’re doing. To use a roundabout, there are three basic things you need to know:
Yield the right of way to those in the circle: Any vehicle in the circle has the right of way. You cannot enter the circle if you will cut a vehicle off that is in the circle already. Simply wait at the entrance of the roundabout until you are clear to enter, then enter the roundabout and follow it around until you reach the exit you need to take.
Follow the lines on the road: Multi-lane roundabouts have specific rules that must be followed to ensure everyone is safe. Often, multi-lane roundabouts have specific lanes that you must follow through or else you can end up causing an accident with another vehicle. When you enter the roundabout, know what lane you need to be in by following the signs posted before the roundabout. Then, follow your lane until you need to exit. Never try to change lanes in a roundabout. If you need to change lanes after entering the roundabout, exit the roundabout, turn around, then reenter it in the correct lane.
Signal as you leave the roundabout: When you go to leave the roundabout, use your signal to show that you intend to leave. This allows those in the circle and those getting ready to enter the circle to know that you intend to leave so that everyone is aware of your intentions. This allows traffic to continue to flow smoothly, and it’s a nice gesture.
Roundabouts are not difficult to use, but they can cause serious issues for drivers who are unsure of how to operate these intersections. If you are unsure of how these intersections work, look up instructions on them so you can learn about them before you try to use them.
Car Crash Lawyers in Texas
If you were injured in a roundabout accident, call the lawyers at DeHoyos & Connolly, PLLC. We are well aware of how these accidents occur, and we will work hard to get you the compensation you need to ensure that you can heal properly and with as little stress as possible. Call our office today to see what our team may be able to do for you at (832) 767-3568.