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Roundabout accident rates double in the Region over the last 5 years

January 05, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Roundabouts in the Region continue to make the news. I recently wrote about an accident highlighting the need for better signage for roundabouts. The Record has now reported that minor injury collision and fender benders at roundabouts has soared over the last 5 years.

Roundabouts are touted as being safer than intersections as collisions tend to occur at slower rates of speed and at less dangerous angles. The Region's politicians are continuing to install them throughout the Region.

The real problem with roundabouts seems to be drivers. They are moving too fast through the circles, and they are not signalling their intentions while in the roundabouts and when leaving the intersection. Pedestrians are also at risk as drivers are moving too quickly.

The Region is calling for roundabouts to be written into the Highway Traffic Act in order to allow police to enforce the rules of the roundabouts.

 

Posted under Minor Injury Guidelines, Personal Injury, Spinal Cord Injury

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