Most drivers in Florida are familiar with a few dangerous intersections in the state. For example, some roads with high speed limits come together with only a stop sign joining them. At night or in situations of low visibility, it can be far too easy for a devastating crash to occur. While traffic authorities can take action to improve the safety of these junction points by clearing away visual obstructions and adding additional warning signs, the intersections can remain the site of many crashes.
Some states, cities or towns may install traffic lights as illumination has been shown to reduce the number of accidents. However, others are looking toward roundabouts or traffic circles as a better solution to the problem. In some ways, roundabouts can be more effective than lights as they can prevent or reduce serious injury crashes. The accidents that do take place are far less likely to be severe or accompanied by serious injuries or deaths. Instead, the collisions are more likely to be minor and cause property damage only.
When drivers enter a roundabout, they are forced to slow down. There is no way to “beat” the light or oncoming traffic, so there is little incentive to speed up through the junction. Furthermore, the cost of installing roundabouts is generally outweighed by savings due to a lack of serious injuries that require emergency responses.
Drivers who are distracted, drunk or otherwise dangerous can cause real harm to others on the road. Accident victims may struggle with severe injuries and lifelong disabilities. A personal injury lawyer can help someone hurt by a negligent driver seek compensation for their damages, including lost wages and medical bills.