A guide to making a No Win No Fee roundabout accident claim
Accidents on roundabouts are one of the most common forms of traffic accident.Navigating a roundabout safely requires good judgement and awareness of other vehicles, and depends upon on each driver positioning appropriately.
Accidents on roundabouts tend to happen when drivers position incorrectly for the exit they want to take or when drivers pick up the wrong lane while exiting the roundabout.
The Highway Code states that when turning right at a roundabout, you should:
- signal right and approach the roundabout in the right hand lane
- keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change to the left lane and exit the roundabout
- signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want
In most cases the left lane can be used for both turning left and proceeding straight ahead.However on some roundabouts the left lane may be for turning left only or straight on only.
Signs and road markings will inform the driver of the appropriate lane for their exit. The left lane is not for turning right, and drivers who continue around the island in this lane are at risk as they are crossing exits that other drivers are attempting to emerge from.
Drivers who attempt to exit the roundabout from the right lane are also at risk of causing an accident as other traffic may be moving alongside them in the left lane. It is important that a driver signals his or her intention when wishing to exit the roundabout.
If a driver fails to adhere to the Highway Code then he/she could be at risk of causing an accident. If you are involved in an accident with a driver who was in the wrong lane of a roundabout, this doesn't necessarily prove liability. A solicitor will consider all evidence at hand and advise you as to the strength of your case.
What to do if you have an accident at the roundabout
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident at a roundabout then you should seek immediate medical attention. If possible, photographs should be taken of the scene and the names, addresses and statements of any witnesses should be gathered.
CCTV footage from nearby buildings may have recorded the accident and a solicitor can assist the Claimant in requesting the footage to support their claim.
How much compensation will you get for a roundabout accident?
The compensation sum for road traffic accidents differs from case to case. It is often dependent on many factors including the severity of the injury and any long lasting effects.
A Claimant may be able to claim for both general and special damages. General damages pertains to the pain and suffering experienced as a result of the accident. Claimants may also be able to claim if the accident has made a pre-existing medical condition worse.
Special damages refers to additional expenses the Claimant may have incurred such as travel costs, medical fees and loss of earnings. All receipts and wage slips should be retained as evidence.
For more information on what your claim could be worth, call us on 0800 612 7456 or get a free online Compensation Claim Report.