Roundabouts reduce accidents and traffic congestion when drivers follow the rules for driving in them. Unfortunately, some motorists continue to speed or improperly change lanes, causing accidents and serious injuries to innocent victims.

A traffic circle can also be tricky when a driver is entering or exiting it and an emergency vehicle enters the circle—especially if there is only one lane and there is nowhere to pull over. Drivers can cause accidents if they fail to follow the rules for getting out of an emergency vehicle’s way safely.

What to Do If an Emergency Vehicle Enters a Traffic Circle

If an emergency vehicle approaches a traditional intersection, a driver would normally pull over to the side of the road. But this can be impossible if a driver is in a one-lane roundabout. To safely navigate a traffic circle when an emergency vehicle approaches, a driver needs to take the following steps:

  • If the emergency vehicle is already in the roundabout, do not enter the circle until the emergency vehicle exits it.
  • If you are already in the circle, do not stop because the emergency vehicle may not be able to pass you. Exit the roundabout at the next right—even if it’s not your exit.
  • Once you exit the roundabout, pull over to the side of the road, so the emergency vehicle can pass you if necessary.
  • In a two-lane roundabout, the vehicle on the right should continue through the circle and then bear right and stop so the vehicle on the left can pull in front of the first one and stop.

Unfortunately accidents continue to occur in roundabouts even when motorists try to follow the rules of driving safely in them when emergency vehicles are present. If you or a family member were injured in roundabout accident or another accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Check out our testimonials to see how we’ve helped other people like you.

Peter Steinberg
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