Roundabouts (or traffic circles) are becoming more popular in the United States, and they have found their way to the Northshore (and in Covington especially). If you have driven in Hammond recently, you know that traffic engineers go nuts for roundabouts, but why?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts are “proven safety countermeasures” because they can substantially reduce crashes, mainly by promoting slower speeds and reducing conflict points (ie. intersections).
What Are The Traffic Rules For A Roundabout?
Roundabouts are used in a counterclockwise direction. Vehicles entering a roundabout must yield to drivers already inside the roundabout, who always have the right-of-way over traffic entering the roundabout. Every entrance into the roundabout should have a yield sign for approaching vehicles.
Also, you should still use your turn signal, especially when exiting the roundabout. Finally, while you may want to be nice and let someone in, this may lead to accidents. The best thing to do is drive normally and do not stop while inside of the roundabout.
Have You Been Injured While In A Roundabout?
If you've been hurt in a car accident while in a traffic circle and need help contact us online or call our Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. Flattmann Law serves clients on the Northshore, including Covington, Mandeville, Abita Springs, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Folsom, Hammond, Lacombe, Pearl River, and Slidell.