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Roundabouts Reduce Accidents in Indiana Counties

Indianapolis Lawyer car accident InjuriesA recent study details the ten most dangerous intersections for accidents in Indianapolis

The study, conducted by Indiana University Public Policy Institute in cooperation with other organizations, concluded the following information:

  • The least dangerous  intersection was South Post Road and East Washington Street (eastside Indianapolis) with 22 accidents.
  • The most dangerous intersection was at East Stop 11 Road and Madison Avenue (southside Indianapolis) with a total of 38 accidents.
  • Each intersection averaged approximately 30 per yearCall Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

Accidents involving intersections have higher death rates and serious injuries

In 2013, Marion County Accident Statistics showed:

  • Approximately 29,000 accidents occurred
  • 9,700 of these accidents occurred at intersections
  • 69 individuals died as a result of the accidents

Roundabouts in Indianapolis and Surrounding Counties Save Lives

As a result, many towns and cities (including Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Plainfield and Greenwood) have aggressively been installing roundabouts as a way to minimize serious accidents.   In the past 10 years Carmel has installed over 80 roundabouts and continues to aggressively install more.   Plainfield, Fishers, Westfield and Greenwood have stepped up their installation of roundabouts and Speedway is installing a roundabout at 16th and Crawfordsville Road next to The Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

What are the benefits of roundabouts?

Roundabouts save time for the driving public and are much safer than intersections.   Statistics show that traffic moves much easier and accidents in roundabouts are generally minor with fewer serious personal injuries.

Experienced Lawyers for pedestrians and bicyclists who have been injured

The lawyers at Ward & Ward Law Firm are experienced litigators of car, motorcycle, bicycle and trucking accidents. While the installation of roundabouts have improved the flow of motorized traffic, the designs may pose some problems for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles. If you have been hurt by a negligent or careless driver of a vehicle, give Charlie Ward a call at 317-639-9501. We are here to speak with you 24 hours a day. Charlie Ward [email protected]

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Accidents in Carmel Indiana Reduced by Re-Engineering Traffic Rotaries

Navigation of roundabouts

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Modern rotaries are called roundabouts but they differ from traffic rotaries or circles in several significant respects. Modern roundabouts are smaller in diameter resulting is slower speeds.  Signs and striped approaches map out navigational protocols and the mandatory yield to circulating traffic by entering vehicles has been statistically shown to reduce the number of accidents in Carmel, Indiana.

Historical importance of roundabout technology

The concept of a traffic rotary or circle dates back to 1903 when the French built the first rotary at Place de l’Etoile in Paris.  Since that time, gyratory systems have been engineered in cities worldwide. The first rotary in America was engineered in New York City, only two years after the construction of Place de l’Etoile. The original rotaries were piloted in a fast and somewhat reckless way with circulating traffic yielding to high-speed entering and merging traffic. In the early days, uniform driving courtesies or ‘rules of the road’ were non-existent. And each decade brought an increase in traffic until the rotaries became too dangerous to safely navigate.  Eventually rotaries began falling out of favor in North America.

Modern roundabout engineering

A modern roundabout is an intersection minus the traffic lights. It keeps traffic moving from every direction. Intersections are one of the most complex traffic situations that drivers encounter. With today’s improved roundabout model, there are only eight locations of possible crash encounter while a four-way stop, has thirty-two. Studies have shown that roundabouts have eighty percent fewer accidents with injury than ordinary intersections. And Carmel law enforcement agencies have revealed that damages to property seems to drop as much as sixty-six to eighty-five percent.

Roundabouts are achieving popularity all over Indiana and the rest of the nation. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Manual contains an overhead map which visually explains how to navigate a roundabout. You can view the manual here.

Lawyers with experience in personal injury and wrongful death law

The law firm of Ward & Ward has over 85 years of combined experience in personal injury law including auto, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and trucking accidents. Our firm receives no legal fees or expenses unless we collect damages on your behalf. Call Charlie Ward today at 317-639-9501 for a free evaluation of your claim. Our attorneys are available to speak with you.

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Indianapolis, IN 46225
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The Short List of Motorcycle Accident Statistics

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Statistics don’t take inclement weather into account

The “Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures,” was a study conducted by the University of Southern California and partially funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This study investigated nearly every aspect of 900 accidents involving motorcycles in the Los Angeles area.  Below is a short list of some of the findings selected from the study. Keep in mind that the study was conducted in the sun-belt area of the United States and therefore, weather-related influences were not significantly factored into the results.

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  1. Approximately three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle.
  2. In single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of cases. The typical error being a slide out and fall due to over braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
  3. In 66% of multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
  4. Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicles violating the motorcyclist’s right-of-way, and often violating traffic controls.
  5. Most motorcycle accidents involve a short trip associated with shopping, errands, friends, entertainment or recreation, and the accident is likely to happen in a very short time close to the trip origin.
  6. Accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps or in daylight hours and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets.
  7. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 16 and 24 are significantly over-represented in accidents; motorcycle riders between the ages of 30 and 50 are significantly under represented.
  8. Motorcycle rider training reduces injuries and accident involvement.
  9. Motorcycle riders with dirt bike experience are significantly underrepresented in accident data.
  10. Motorcycle riders showed significant collision avoidance problems. Most riders would over brake and skid the rear wheel, and under brake the front wheel, greatly reducing collision avoidance deceleration. The ability to counter steer and swerve was essentially absent.
  11. The typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.
  12. Large displacement motorcycles are underrepresented in accidents but they are associated with higher injury severity when involved in accidents.
  13. 98% of multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.
  14. Injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.
  15. The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.
  16. The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the reduction of head injury.
  17. Less than 10% of the motorcycle riders involved in these accidents had insurance of any kind to provide medical care or replace property.

Charlie Ward is a personal injury attorney experienced in accident litigation and wrongful death claims for families whose loved ones were fatally injured in motorcycle, auto and trucking accidents. The law office of Ward & Ward receives no legal fees or expenses unless we collect damages on your behalf. Call Charlie today at 317-639-9501 to discuss your accident and receive a free analysis of your claim.

By: Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501

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