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Roundabouts in rural Florida areas can save lives

The intersection of Pine Log Road and Carthage Road in Robeson County is the spot of many serious traffic collisions, including the death of a young college student in 2011. After the fatal incident, the N.C. Department of Transportation investigated the incident and installed a few road signs warning drivers about the intersection. Unfortunately, accidents at the spot did not stop. Rural roads like these in Florida and other states are considered particularly dangerous.

In order to improve the situation, the DOT decided to replace the stop signs at the intersection with a roundabout in June 2018. While roundabouts do not decrease the overall number of accidents, they drastically reduce the severity of each incident. Roundabouts not only reduce overall bodily harm, but they help traffic move more efficiently through intersections when compared to stop signs or traffic lights.

Traffic management engineers state that one of the primary benefits of roundabouts is that they eliminate the question for drivers about having enough time to get through an intersection. This slows vehicles down, reducing the severity of collisions. This particular roundabout project was initiated by the state's DOT as a part of the Vision Zero initiative, a program with an objective to make roads throughout the world safer for everyone.

Victims of car accidents in unsafe intersections with stop signs or traffic lights may have the right to compensation from the party responsible. Even if a relatively minor accident occurs in a roundabout, a victim may suffer from long-term costs like physical therapy, medical bills and lost wages. By working with a lawyer, the victim may be able to get the funds they deserve through a settlement or a lawsuit.

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