Have you been injured in an accident on a roundabout that wasn’t your fault? If the accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you could be entitled to make a claim for a road traffic accident. This guide will explore the criteria your claim must meet and the steps you could take to seek compensation.
Additionally, you might have questions such as:
- When can I claim for a road traffic accident?
- How much car accident claims compensation might I get?
- What constitutes driver negligence?
This guide will aim to provide answers to those questions. Additionally, it will look at the services our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could provide and how they could benefit you.
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To be eligible to make a claim for injuries sustained in an accident on a roundabout, you must be able to prove that you were owed a duty of care. You must also prove that it was breached and you sustained injuries as a result.
There are many types of accidents that could occur on the road. For example:
- T-bone accidents
- Rear end collisions
- Head on collision
- Multiple or single vehicle collision
- Taxi accident
- Passenger car accident
However, not all accidents will form the basis of a valid personal injury claim. For instance, you might be fully or partially responsible for the collision.
In cases where you are fully responsible for the accident or the injuries you sustained, you would not be able to claim. However, in cases where you are partially responsible for either the accident or the injuries you sustained, you could still claim but your compensation award would reflect your level of liability.
To find out more about when you could make a road traffic accident claim, please speak with an advisor
Road users owe a duty of care under the Road Traffic Act 1988 to navigate the roads in a way that reduces the risk of causing harm to other road users. In addition, The Highway Code provides rules and guidance for different sets of road users, including those operating a motorcycle, biclycle and car as well as pedestrians.
If this duty of care is breached, and you are caused harm as a result, you could seek compensation.
Examples of road traffic accidents involving negligence could include:
- Another driver might have been driving under the influence of drugs leading to them driving the wrong way around the roundabout, causing a head-on collision. Consequently, you suffer a severe neck injury.
- A lorry driver may have failed to check their mirrors to ensure it was safe to join a roundabout causing them to crash into the side of your car. As a result, you sustain multiple injuries, such as a severe head injury and shoulder injury.
To find out more about when you could claim for injuries sustained in an accident on a roundabout, please get in touch with a member of our team.
Whiplash Regulations – Can I Claim?
As per the Whiplash Reform Programme, there have been changes made to the way road users can claim for low-value road traffic accidents in England and Wales. The changes introduced mean that passengers or drivers of vehicles who are over the age of 18 and sustain whiplash or soft tissue injuries worth £5,000 or less must claim via the Official Injury Claims portal.
When claiming through this portal, the tariff of injuries in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 will be used to value your injuries.
However, the tariffs apply to all vehicle occupants. As such, even if you do not claim via the Official Injury Claims portal, your whiplash or soft tissue injuries may still be valued in accordance with the tariff.
Any other injuries that you sustain which are not included in the tariff, are valued in the traditional way.
Furthermore, anyone who is eligible to make a claim for injuries sustained in a road traffic accident, must attend an independent medical appointment as part of the claims process.
To learn more about the whiplash reforms and how they could affect your claim, get in touch on the number above.
Evidence can help you support your potential road traffic accident claim. There are different forms that you could provide, including:
- The contact details of any witnesses
- CCTV or dashcam footage of the accident
- Pictures of your injuries or the accident
Additionally, you could gather medical evidence in the form of doctor or hospital reports. You could also provide a report from an independent medical assessment that you will need to attend as part of the claims process.
Medical evidence can provide details on the severity of the harm you have sustained and the impact it has had on your quality of life. It could also be used, alongside other resources, to help value your injuries.
In addition to collecting evidence, you could seek free legal advice from our team of advisors. They could assign a solicitor from our panel to represent your case, provided it’s valid and has a chance of success.
Call us for more information on steps you could take following an accident on a roundabout.
If your accident on a roundabout claim is successful, the compensation you are awarded could be made up of two heads of claim.
Firstly, you could receive general damages for the physical and psychological pain and suffering caused by the injuries you sustained.
We have compiled a table using figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is a document that legal professionals use to help them when valuing the general damages portion of your claim.
Despite these figures being based on previous court settlements, they are not guaranteed. This is because each personal injury claim is unique, and the compensation you might be awarded could differ.
|Type of Injury||Severity||Guideline Compensation Bracket||Details|
|Head||(b) Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||The injured person will be very seriously disabled and reliant on others for constant care.|
|Head||(d) Less severe||£15,320 to £43,060||A significant level of recovery is made and the person can take part in a normal social life and return to work.|
|Foot||(a) Amputation||£169,400 to £201,490||Both feet are amputated.|
|Neck||(a) Severe (i)||In the region of £148,330||Injuries linked with incomplete paraplegia or leading to continuing spastic quadriparesis.|
|Back||(a) Severe (i)||£91,090 to £160,980||The most serious of cases include spinal cord and nerve root damage causing severe pain and a severe disability as well as other issues.|
|Arm||(a) Severe||£96,160 to £130,930||Injuries that fall short of amputation but are still considered extremely serious.|
|Knee||(a) Severe (i)||£69,730 to £96,210||A serious knee injury that has caused joint disruption. The injury also leads to considerable pain and loss of function as well as other issues.|
|Ankle||(a) Very severe||£50,060 to £69,700||Cases in this bracket include a bilateral ankle fracture causing joint degeneration at a young age.|
|Shoulder||(a) Severe||£19,200 to £48,030||Neck injuries that involve brachial plexus damage.|
|Leg||(a) Severe (iv)||£27,760 to £39,200||Moderate injuries including fractures that are complicated affecting one limb.|
Could I Receive Special Damages Compensation?
Secondly, special damages may also be included in your settlement. This head of claim aims to reimburse you for any financial losses sustained as a result of your injuries. Expenses that could be claimed back under special damages include:
- Care costs
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earnings
For more information on how much compensation you could be awarded, please speak with an advisor.
Using a No Win No Fee solicitor to make your road traffic accident claim could benefit you. Our solicitors typically work under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which means you don’t pay for the services they provide if your case is unsuccessful.
However, you will have to pay a fee if your case is successful. The fee is taken as a legally capped percentage from your compensation.
To find out whether you are eligible to be represented on a No Win No Fee basis, please get in touch with an advisor.
See If You Can Make A Car Accident Claim
We hope this guide on claiming for injuries sustained in an accident on a roundabout has helped. However, if you have any additional questions, please get in touch with our team by:
We have included some additional resources below:
- NHS – First aid
- GOV – Road accident safety statistics
- GOV – Compensation after an accident or injury
Moreover, we have provided you with some of our own guides related to accidents on the road:
- What are the average MIB claim amounts?
- How long do car accident personal injury claims take?
- A guide to taxi accident claims
Thank you for reading this guide on claiming for injuries sustained in an accident on a roundabout. If you require any other information, call our team on the number above.
Writer Beck Patcher
Editor Meg McDonald