How Do I Drive a Traffic Circle?

For motorists in the United States, traffic circles (or roundabouts) are a little unfamiliar; however, these traffic structures are growing in popularity as they reduce car crashes and vehicle emissions. Kalka & Baer LLC envisions traffic circles as a serious deterrent to car crashes.

Although roundabouts may be challenging to navigate for many drivers, as motorists wonder if they will ever exit the traffic circle, statistically roundabouts are safer to drive in than the traditional traffic signal intersections. The use of roundabouts eliminates some of the most serious types of vehicle accidents, including head-on collisions and T-bone crashes.

So, how does one safely drive a traffic circle?

The Washington Department of Transportation gives some helpful tips and techniques all Georgia motorists can benefit from.

  • Continue toward the roundabout and look to your left as you near the yield sign and dashed yield line at the entrance to the roundabout. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
  • Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the circle and proceed to your exit. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding.
  • Look for pedestrians and use your turn signal before you exit, and make sure to stay in your lane as you navigate the roundabout.
  • Note the difference between single-lane roundabouts and double-lane roundabouts. The pictures below show how a double-lane traffic circle flows.

Although roundabouts are statistically proven to reduce accidents, it doesn’t mean that they are completely accident free. If you were injured in a roundabout crash in Georgia, you may have rights to seek a financial recovery from the negligent driver.

Roundabouts Popping Up Around Georgia

Residents can expect to see more roundabouts popping up to include:

  • Alpharetta already has one at Douglas Road and Southlake Drive, and is working on its second one for the new city center at Haynes Bridge Road.
  • Johns Creek is planning a roundabout at Bell Road and Boles Road.
  • Roswell is planning another roundabout at Houze and Hembree Roads.
  • Milton has two plans for roundabouts at Birmingham Highway and Providence Road and at Hopewell Road, Francis Road and Cogburn Road.

Although roundabouts are supposed to decrease traffic accidents in Georgia, if you are injured in a crash due to someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to a significant financial recovery.

Call our car accident lawyers in Atlanta today!