Potential Removal of Seven Omaha Traffic Signals Being Evaluated
Omaha officials are considering removing seven traffic signals in the city, according to WOWT 6 News. However, some Omaha residents fear that car accidents could increase at those intersections without these traffic signals.
"I think it's going to be a disaster," Omaha resident Pat Rodis said in an interview with WOWT 6 News. Fellow Omaha resident Ann Holmes agreed. "Potentially taking out this light just allows traffic to pick up speed," Holmes said in an interview with WOWT 6 News.
Which traffic signals would be removed?
The Omaha Department of Public Works is considering removing seven traffic lights in the city as part of the sixth phase of a 10-12-year plan to modernize Omaha's traffic signals that began last month, according to WOWT 6 News. The seven traffic lights are located at the intersections of:
- 144th and U Streets.
- 16th and William streets.
- 33rd and Davenport streets.
- 38th and California streets.
- 20th and Pierce streets.
- 43rd Avenue and Cuming Street.
- 16th and Davenport streets.
Why would the city consider removing traffic signals?
Omaha officials have initiated a comprehensive plan to assess the compliance of all traffic signals with federal standards as outlined in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. As part of this assessment, traffic safety experts will thoroughly evaluate each traffic signal, considering factors such as traffic volume, pedestrian activity, wait times, and historical accident data.
City and state authorities in Omaha and Nebraska have identified several compelling reasons for considering the removal of traffic signals, including:
- Reducing excessive wait times at intersections.
- Addressing disobedience of signal indications, particularly incidents of red light running.
- Discouraging the use of inappropriate routes by vehicles attempting to avoid traffic signals.
- Minimizing the occurrence of collisions at intersections.
This comprehensive review aims to enhance traffic safety and efficiency on the city's roadways, ensuring that traffic signals are strategically placed and contribute to the overall safety and functionality of the transportation network.
Causes of intersection accidents
Intersection accidents are common and can be attributed to various factors, including:
- Speeding: Excessive speed often leads to collisions at intersections, as these drivers may lack sufficient time to come to a stop or avoid a collision. Imagine a scenario where a driver, in a rush to reach their destination, exceeds the speed limit as they approach an intersection. With limited time to react, they are unable to stop in time when the traffic signal turns red, leading to a side-impact crash with another vehicle proceeding through the intersection.
- Distracted driving: The prevalence of distracted driving, particularly involving texting, leads to accidents where drivers fail to pay proper attention, resulting in collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists. Consider a driver texting on their mobile phone while approaching an intersection. Their distraction prevents them from noticing the traffic light change to red. Consequently, they rear-end a vehicle stopped at the light.
- Reckless driving: Drivers who engage in reckless behavior, such as running red lights, are responsible for many intersection accidents. Picture a situation where a driver, impatient and disregarding traffic rules, decides to run a red light at an intersection. As a result of this reckless behavior, they hit a pedestrian legally trying to cross the road.
- Impaired drivers: Accidents frequently involve drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In a scenario involving an impaired driver, imagine someone under the influence of alcohol attempting to navigate an intersection. Their impaired judgment and diminished reflexes pose a risk to everyone on the road.
Dealing with the insurance company after an intersection accident
Claims involving intersection accidents can be complicated to resolve due to various factors. These accidents often involve conflicting accounts from drivers, a lack of impartial witnesses, limited physical evidence, disputes over traffic signal timing, and the potential need for expert analysis.
These cases often demand a thorough investigation and evidence collection to establish fault accurately, making legal help essential for pursuing compensation for injuries and damages.
At Ausman Law Firm P.C., L.L.O., our Omaha car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Our legal team will work diligently to gather evidence, consult with experts when needed, and build a strong case on your behalf. If you've been injured in an intersection accident, contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your potential legal options.