Will a Continuous Flow Intersection Lessen Motorcycle Accidents?September 9, 2019 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share
It has always been a nightmare for drivers on SR82. Now there is a potential fix for the problem. In July 2019, the first Florida continuous flow intersection (CFI) was opened after two years of construction on SR 82, which was once a nightmare. The 4.5 mile project added inside and outside paved shoulders, a five-foot sidewalk on the north side, and an eight-foot shared-use path on the south side.
CFIs are not new. They have been around in Europe for close to 20 years and have been built in New York, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
What is a CFI?
According to csengineering.com, CFIs address one of the major reasons there are logjams at busy intersections and left-turn lanes. CFIs remove left-turn lanes at certain intersections, and proponents believe a major source of traffic congestion will be eliminated, making traffic flow more smoothly.
“CFIs rely on dedicated left-turn bays. Left-turning drivers are routed first to a left-turn bay, several hundred feet before the main intersection, and then across lanes of stopped, oncoming traffic. Because these vehicles are now left of oncoming traffic, they can turn left simultaneously with through traffic at the main intersection, on the same green light, without stopping. Left-turning drivers can turn without worrying about oncoming traffic, and oncoming traffic does not stop at the main intersection, according to scengineering.com.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that 53 percent of crossing- path crashes involve left-hand turns. Thirty-six percent of fatal accidents involving motorcycles involve a car making a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle.
In the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. blog, “Left-Hand Turns Cause Motorcycle Accidents,” experts agree that the most dangerous situation for motorcyclists happens when other vehicles make left-hand turns. In fact, they account for approximately 42 percent of all motorcycle accidents. Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey says, “Improving road design by eliminating some of the left-hand turn lanes and replacing them with continuous flow intersections should lessen the number of motorcycle accidents in the Lehigh Acres area. Once this design is proven in this area, we would recommend using it in other areas of our county, where applicable.”
“If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, please contact our experienced legal team. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Attorney Spivey.
Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.