Roundabout Car Accident Compensation Claims – Who is At Fault?

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One of the most common road traffic accidents that occur, are roundabout car accidents. Approaching and driving round a roundabout requires good awareness of not only your positioning, but also the positioning of other drivers. Accidents on a roundabout are often due to drivers getting in the wrong lane for the exit that they want and so can end up cutting across or bumping into other drivers causing an accident.

If you have been involved in a roundabout accident and you have suffered an injury as a result, read further on in our guide to find out more about roundabout accident compensation claims.

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A guide to claims for roundabout accident

Roundabouts are a bit of a hotspot for road traffic accidents as they can be quite tricky to negotiate whilst also remaining aware of other roundabout road traffic users where drivers may not be quite so careful or following the rules of the Highway Code as closely.

Car accidents on roundabouts quite often involve cyclists and motor cyclists who are particularly at risk as they are quite easy to miss when drivers are quickly scanning to see if it’s clear to enter and exit the roundabout and whilst moving across lanes.

Roundabout road accidents are very often due to driver’s being in the wrong lane or negotiating the roundabout without due care and attention. If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may want to find out more information on road accident claims. This guide has been put together to help roundabout accident victims gather more insight on roundabout crash claims, roundabout accident compensation amounts, eligibility and more.

Please read on for more details about how to go about making a roundabout accident claim.

What is a roundabout accident?

A roundabout accident refers to any accident between other vehicles, motor cyclists and cyclists that occur while negotiating a roundabout.

Accidents usually occur on roundabouts when drivers are in the wrong lane for the exit that they need to take. Although roundabouts differ in size, number of lanes and exits, they all should still be approached with the general rules of the Highway Code unless road markings clearly suggest otherwise. When a driver fails to adhere to the rules of the Highway Code or takes no notice of the road markings on the approach to, and whilst going around the roundabout, an accident is highly likely to occur causing damage to other vehicles or injury to other road users.

What to do if you are involved in an accident at a roundabout causing injury

If you have been involved in a roundabout collision, there are a number of actions that you should take as soon as you can to count as possible evidence in roundabout accident claims.

  • Witnesses – Try to get as many details as you can of any witnesses. Having a witness statement can really strengthen your case.
  • Photos – Take any photos you can of the scene of the roundabout accident and also of any injuries you have sustained. These can provide visual proof of what happened and also of your pain and suffering due to your injuries.
  • Proof of expenses – Keep any proof of costs that you may have incurred as a direct result of the accident and the injuries you have sustained. These would include prescription fees, travelling costs, counselling costs etc.
  • Medical report – Make sure you see a medical professional to get your injuries assessed and documented. A report will not only list your injuries but will include recommend treatment and expected recovery period. This will be used to determine the amount of compensation you could receive.
  • Third party details – If there were other people involved, get their details such as name and phone number if you can, but certainly details such as make, model and colour of their vehicle and the registration number.
  • Write it down – Write everything you can remember about the roundabout accident down, no matter how small a detail it is.
  • Report to the Police – Try to get a copy of the Police report and also take down the name of any officers who attend the scene.

How to begin a roundabout accident claim

Making a roundabout accident compensation claim can be quite complicated as you need to be able to prove who was liable and that it was down to someone’s else’s negligence, often making it a lengthy process. Trying to do this on your own without any experience or expertise, could prove to be very stressful and so using a service such as ours would take away the unnecessary stress and also give your case more chance of being successful as, with respect, we know exactly what we’re doing.

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So, what happens when you call us about your car accidents on roundabouts claim? You would firstly speak to one of our professionally trained staff who will offer you a free consultancy session. This enables you to freely ask as many questions as you need to with regards to making your roudabout accident claim, and gives us the opportunity to get some information from yourself regarding the accident and the injuries you have sustained.

Once you are happy that we have put any concerns you may have had to rest, and we are certain that you have a case, we will make a start on your roundabouts road accident claim. You’ll be pleased to know that all of our specialist claims lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis and so there is absolutely no financial outlay for you and no unexpected bills. You only pay legal fees when your case is successful.

Occasionally a local medical needs to be arranged. However this is nothing for you to worry about and is at no cost to you. We would arrange this for you at a clinic in your local area that is convenient to you. We can discuss this further during your free consultation if you have any questions on this.

What can be claimed for after an accident at a roundabout?

There are a few fundamentals that you should include in your claim as these will cover the basic initial costs encountered due to your injuries sustained in the roundabout car accidents.

  • General Damages – This refers to the amount of compensation you will receive that reflects the pain and suffering you have experienced resulting from the roundabout accident.
  • Care Claim – If you have had to have assistance around the house while you recover, the person who has cared for you can file a claim.
  • Medical Expenses – Any costs that you have incurred due to the result of your injury, you can claim for. Prescription fees, counselling costs or such like, can be included.
  • Loss of Earnings – This refers to any loss of income due to the injuries sustained and also covers the loss of any potential future earnings.
  • Travel Expenses – Any costs of travelling to and fro the hospital, any vehicle adaptions and any alternative travel costs should be included.

The most common reasons for roundabout accidents

Very often the same reasons for an accident occurring on a roundabout happen time and time again. The most common are:

  • Failure to look properly – Although it is the easiest to correct, failing to look properly accounts for being the cause for over a third of UK road traffic accidents. The driver may be in a rush, tired, distracted or even just lazy as they become complacent on familiar roads.
  • Failing to judge another person’s intent or speed – Roughly one fifth of road traffic accidents are down to this mistake. Examples of these types of mistakes could include assuming another driver’s actions as they may not make the decision you’re expecting, misjudging a gap in traffic that you can pull into / out of, misjudging speed of vehicles when pulling out onto a roundabout.
  • Driving recklessly or rushing – Driving when in a rush or without due care and attention can cause an accident in the blink of an eye. Rushing can often lead to speeding and dangerous driving. People who drive recklessly such as those on their mobile phones, those who are messing about with their music etc are putting themselves and everyone else on the road at increased risk.
  • Losing Control of the car – If someone enters or tries to go round the roundabout at speed or cross lanes recklessly, particularly in wet or icy conditions, they may well lose control of their car which could put multiple other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in danger.

Accidents on mini roundabouts are also prevalent in road traffic accident cases. The same Highway Code rules apply to mini roundabouts as they do to normal size roundabouts. However, due to the close proximity of vehicles entering onto the roundabout, extra care should be taken to make sure it is clear to enter and exit.

If someone cuts across you on a roundabout, whose fault is it?

If someone pulls out onto the roundabout when you are already on it and cuts in front of you then they are at fault as according to the Highway Code, you should always give way to the vehicles approaching from your right unless road markings or traffic signals suggest otherwise. Or if you are on a multilane roundabout and someone either cuts in front of you to get into another lane, or to exit the roundabout, then again, it is they who will be at fault due to driving with negligence and without due care and attention to other road users.

However, unless the other driver accepts liability in writing and doesn’t dispute that the accident was down to their negligence, then you need to be able to prove that they were at fault. This is when roundabout compensation claims can become tricky and expert help should be sought. If you are in this situation, please ring us and we will do all we can to assist you with your claim.

Who is at fault in a car accident on a roundabout?

One of the problems of accidents on a roundabout is being able to tell who is at fault. What if someone pulls out in front of you when you are already going round the roundabout, or someone goes in to the back of you or cuts you up when they change lanes on a multilane roundabout, or even cause you to go into the back of them because they’ve changed lanes so sharply pulling in front of you? Common sense would suggest that those people are to blame, but proving it is a different matter, even if they were to accept liability at the scene, they may change this further down the line making it their word against yours.

Rules of The Highway Code For Roundabouts

When coming to a roundabout, you should be aware of everything around you such as road markings, traffic lights and signs. Then, you need to check your mirrors, signal and move into the position you need to be in. Decide on the exit you need as soon as possible, signal appropriately making sure you time it correctly so it’s not confusing to other drivers, get into the correct lane, be mindful of your speed and be aware of other drivers around you.

Once you have reached the roundabout, unless road markings, traffic lights or signs suggest otherwise, you should give way to oncoming traffic to your right. Some roundabouts have road markings that allow you to enter the roundabout without giving way, if this is the case, still check to your right to be on the safe side. Keep an eye on other road users who may be signalling incorrectly or even not at all. Make sure you check before moving forwards that the road users in front of you have moved.

Unless signs or road markings suggest otherwise, when taking the first exit, you should signal left and carefully move into the left lane. Keep to the left of the roundabout whilst continually signalling left.

Unless signs or road markings indicate otherwise, when turning right or doing a U-turn, you need to signal right whilst getting into the right lane. Keep to the right until you need to change lane ready to exit. Once you’ve past the last exit before the one you want, then signal left to show you intend to exit on the next turn off.

To take an intermediate exit, you do not normally need to signal as you approach the roundabout. Get into the correct lane that you need, stay in this lane until you need to alter lanes in order to get ready to exit the roundabout. Once you have passed the last exit before the one you want, then signal left to show other road users that you intend to exit on the next one.

Keep an eye out for the following and also give them plenty of room:

  • Traffic that is crossing in front of you on the roundabout particularly the ones signalling or intending to leave at the next exit.
  • Pedestrians that are crossing the road on entrances and exits to the roundabouts.
  • Traffic that isn’t positioned correctly or that keep straddling lanes.
  • Motorcyclists.
  • Horse riders and / or cyclists. These often stay in the left lane even when intending to carry on round the roundabout so look out for their signals.
  • Long vehicles or those with trailers as very often they have to straddle lanes when approaching the bend on a roundabout in order to get round due to their length.

Mini roundabouts should be approached in the same way as ordinary roundabouts. However, you must remember that there is less time and room to manoeuvre. Also, try to avoid doing U-turns and be wary of other drivers who may try to do so.

When there are two or multiple mini roundabouts, each individual roundabout needs to be treated the same way as above.

How much compensation will I get after a roundabout accident causing injury?

The amount of roundabout accident compensation that gets awarded will be different in each individual roundabout crash claims case as there are so many variables that may apply. Due to this, we cannot give you an exact figure of what we think you may get.

We can show you, however, the average compensation payouts received for various injuries that may be relevant to your claim. Please feel free contact us for more help and information if you need to.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Mental anguish£3,550Fear of death and expectation of end of life
Loss of earnings£10,000 - £400,000This refers to any income lost or future income that will be lost as a direct result of the injury.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000This is based on income they’ve actually lost and will depend on their current pay grade.
Pain and suffering£1,000 - £200,000The amount of compensation the claimant will receive depends on how much pain and suffering they have endured.
Minor brain injury£1,675 - £9,700Brain damage will be small, if at all. The amount awarded will very much depend on the pain and suffering, any prolonged pain, recovery time etc.
Severe chest injuries£76,500 - £114,100This refers to serious heart or lung damage. Pain and suffering will be prolonged and ongoing.
Less severe chest injuries£9,575 - £13,650This refers to cases where the damage to the chest is fairly simple, There may be some minor permanent tissue damage, but the lungs will not be affected long term.
Minor head injury£1,500 - £9,500Head injury without any brain damage
Moderate head injury£12,500 - £200,000Injuries that affect mental ability and can cause a loss of motor function or a change in personality
Severe head injury / Very severe brain damage£214,350 - £307,000The level of compensation awarded would depend upon the claimants physical awareness and communication levels if any at all. It would also depend on life expectancy of the claimant and quality of life after severe brain damage.
Minor shoulder injury£350 - £6,700Short term restriction of movement in the arm and pain because of the injury
Moderate shoulder injury£6,250 - £9,750Pain is present movement of the arm is limited
Severe shoulder injury£9,500 - £37,000Movement of the arm is impaired and pain is present.
Minor neck injury£1,800 - £6,200Damage to the neck is short term such as whiplash, also there will be some pain and stiffness.
Moderate neck injury£29,600 -£42,300Damage causing pain to the neck is long term and has caused movement to be restricted
Severe neck injury£35,500 - £112,450High level of pain, reduced movement and possibly paralysis.
Minor back injury£350 - £9,850Short term pain and damage to the back.
Moderate back injury£8,750 - £30,750Damage to the back is permanent causing ongoing pain
Severe back injury£29,750 - £123,300Loss of movement and possibly even paralysis.
Minor leg injury£1,800 - £17,900One or both the legs have breaks or fractures but will heal in time
Moderate leg injury£21,750 - £104,100One or both of the legs does not function as it should anymore
Severe leg injury£75,100 - £215,000Permanent disability due to one or both legs being amputated
Minor post -traumatic stress disorder£3,000 - £6,000In cases where the accident has resulted in mild PTSD and the claimant is affected short term
Moderate post- traumatic stress disorder£17,000 - £19,000PTSD is more apparent and affecting the claimant’s life more profoundly
Severe post- traumatic stress disorder£45,000 - £50,000PTSD is severe and having a long term effect on the claimants life.
Spinal Injury Quadriplegic (Paralysis)£246,750-£307,000Extremely Severe Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Injury Paraplegic (Paralysis£166,500 - £216,000Bad Spinal Cord Injury
Face Injury - Very Serious£15,400 - £73,200The amount of scarring and the extent of disfiguration of the face will determine how much compensation will be awarded.
Face Injury - Moderately Serious£12,200 - £27,300Breaks and fractures to the face will be covered
Face Injury - Minor£1,700 - £12,350Compensation is for any scarring. Women generally often receive more compensation than men.

No Win No Fee roundabout accident claims

All our personal injury specialists work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you will not need to pay anything until your claim is made successful and your compensation will easily cover the cost. However, if your claim wasn’t successful, you wouldn’t have to pay us anything at all.

Making any sort of injury claim due to an accident can be a long, often ongoing process and if you choose to work with a solicitor who is paid by the hour, you could find yourself with some large legal fees without any guarantee that compensation will get paid. With No Win No Fee you really have nothing to lose, there is no financial risk with us. As our payment relies on your compensation claim being successful, we will work all the more harder to ensure the maximum amount of compensation is paid out to you.

Why choose us as your claims service for a roundabout accident claim?

We are a professional and friendly injury claims firm that has years of experience in making successful compensation claims. We treat all of our customers with respect and importance. We do our best to get the best compensation payouts that our clients deserve in the most effective and smoothest manner possible.

We understand that you are most likely suffering mentally and physically as a result of your roundabout accident, and will treat you with care and consideration and be discrete at all times. We will try our best to make the claiming process as painless as possible so that you don’t have any unnecessary stress.

We have been in the industry for many years and have a brilliant track record of successful compensation claims with maximum payouts, and with our expert solicitors help and guidance, your claim will be a success too.

We are honest and reliable and always put our clients first. Look at some of our feedback, our reputation speaks for itself.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you are a victim of a roundabout car accidents and you want to make a claim or have any unanswered questions, all you need to do is call us on 0161 696 9685. A member of our professional team will assist you in any way that they can. They will answer any questions you may have and will talk you through the claiming process bit by bit.

We are a friendly, caring team and will be empathetic to your situation. You can feel at ease with us and rest assure that your recovery and compensation claim will be our main priority.

Useful links

More information on the Highway code for roundabouts

This is a link that leads to The Highway Code general rules on using roundabouts. This may be helpful for you to determine if it was yourself or another driver who is liable.

DOT information on roundabouts

This leads to the Department of Transport’s guide to signal controlled roundabouts.

Guide to whiplash claims

This is another of our guides on general whiplash claims that you may also find helpful.