We have found that most drivers don’t have a clue on what to do in a roundabout and they are really becoming prevalent, especially in Florida. Traffic designers now think they are a great thing to move a lot of cars quickly.
The difficulty comes when you have a two lane roundabout and you have a car that is in the right lane. The typical problem is that the car in the inside lane wants to exit either at the wrong place or they want to exit when there is someone occupying that right lane and they’re not looking. So, bear in mind that a vehicle that goes into the roundabout on the inside lane typically can’t make the first right they come to. They need to go second, third or swing all the way around if they do want to make that first exit on the right.
Secondly, the car in the inside lane can’t exit across the right lane if it’s occupied or if the exit can’t be done safely. The statute is very clear about this. The driver can’t leave their lane of travel if it can’t be done safely. This is where most of the collisions occur in roundabouts. These usually result in a side-impact collision on the driver’s door or elsewhere on the vehicle. And, these can result in serious injuries.
If you have been involved in a roundabout crash make sure you talk to someone who understands them and who will protect your rights.