The City of Davenport recently announced that construction will begin on a roundabout at the five point intersection of 6th, Vine and Ash streets. After reports of excessive speeds, a number of accidents, and some near misses, the city hopes that the new roundabout will address many of the traffic safety problems the area has seen. Roundabouts have been found to reduce injury collisions by 75 percent where stop signs or other traffic signals fail.
The installation of what will now be a permanent roundabout comes as a huge relief to residents residing near the five points intersection who have long complained about the danger to pedestrians, especially children, from speeding cars blowing through the intersection. Information gleaned after installing a test structure indicates the new roundabout – scheduled to be up and running in in November – will make the area safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.
Poorly designed road networks that lack sufficient safety measures significantly increase the risk of traffic accident injuries. Poor road conditions such as missing barriers & guardrails, missing road signs, unannounced road changes, faint or poorly painted lines, shoulder drop offs, uneven road surfaces, poor road design (sharp turns, blind curves), crumbling infrastructure, lack of crosswalks, or unsafe work areas can all result in a preventable accident.
When a pedestrian accident occurs, driver behavior such as distracted driving, speeding, or impaired driving often play a role, but oftentimes it is a combination of issues that can result in someone getting hurt. If you or a family member is injured in a car accident, contact the Davenport Iowa personal injury lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help at 563-355-6478.