Do you take a deep breath every time you come to a roundabout intersection? Do you sometimes think that closing your eyes and hoping for the best would be the best way to stay safe at a Kansas or Missouri roundabout?

You are not alone. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has provided some safety tips for motorists who travel in roundabouts. However, even if you follow all of these tips, others may not, and serious accidents may still occur. Thus, it is important to know when to contact an experienced Independence, MO auto accident lawyer after a crash.

3 Tips for Staying Safe at Roundabouts

According to the MoDOT, motorists can stay safe at roundabouts by:
  • Yielding to traffic already in the roundabout. Traffic that is already in the roundabout does not need to yield to motorists trying to enter the roundabout. Instead, that burden is on drivers trying to enter the circle.
  • Do not pass or drive next to a truck in the roundabout. It may be difficult for a trucker to see another vehicle in a roundabout.
  • Keep your speed at 20 mph or less when entering, exiting or traveling in a roundabout.

According to the MoDOT, an intersection with a traffic signal has 20 potential places where vehicles could collide, and a roundabout intersection has only 8 such places. The combination of fewer potential crash spots and reduced speed can lead to 75% fewer accidents in roundabout intersections than in signalized intersections. While the risk is significantly lower, the potential for being in a Kansas or Missouri roundabout accident still exists.

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*Source: Missouri Department of Transportation, Kansas City District, Round the Roundabout