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Georgia Considers New Intersection Designs to Prevent Auto Accidents

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A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an car crash enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia Department of Transportation is considering three new intersection designs to relieve traffic congestion in areas with a propensity for auto accidents.

  • The Diverging Diamond—The state rebuilt the Ashford-Dunwoody Road exit on I-285, making traffic in both directions cross to the left side of the road as it approaches the bridge over the interstate. After the bridge, it crosses back to the right. This is a design that has been implemented throughout France.
  • Continuous flow intersection design (CFI)—This is also called a crossover displaced left-turn (XDL). This moves the turning vehicles out of the main intersection.
  • Roundabouts—Also called "traffic circles," it causes traffic to travel around a central island. Signs direct traffic entering the circle to slow and give the right of way to drivers already in the circle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, roundabouts decrease accidents by 40 percent because they force traffic to slow and they eliminate left turns.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

Category: Auto Accidents

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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