By Jo Jeffries. Last updated 11th April 2022. Welcome to this guide which explains how to claim compensation for a traffic light malfunction accident. When it comes to faulty traffic light car accident claims, ‘Am I eligible to claim?’ is often the first question that claimants ask. This guide has been produced to answer this question and many more regarding traffic light collision case law. We cover things like ‘who has right of way when traffic lights are faulty?’, explain how compensation is calculated for an accident caused by faulty lights, and delve into broken traffic light law.
In the sections below, we show you what situations could lead to you making a faulty traffic light car accident claim, including who you could make such a claim against. We also provide insight into how to report a faulty traffic light, and why using a personal injury lawyer for your traffic light malfunction accident claim could benefit you.
I was in an accident caused by faulty traffic lights – can I claim?
We hope you find the information we have produced useful. If you would like to begin a faulty traffic light car accident claim or would like to ask us any questions about your accident, and your eligibility to claim for a road traffic accident, we’d be happy to help you.
You can reach our team by calling 0800 073 8801. We could even put you in touch with a personal injury solicitor from our panel so you could begin a claim quickly, and with expert assistance.
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- A Guide To Claims For Faulty Traffic Light Car Accidents
- What Are Claims For Faulty Traffic Light Car Accidents?
- What Should You Do If A Traffic Light Is Faulty?
- Reporting Faulty Traffic Lights
- Liability For Car Accidents At Faulty Traffic Lights
- Local Councils’ Liability For Car Accidents At Faulty Traffic Lights
- What Steps Should You Take At The Accident Scene?
- Calculating Compensation For A Faulty Traffic Light Car Accident
- No Win No Fee Claims For Car Accidents At Faulty Traffic Lights
- How Our Expert Team Could Help You
- Starting Your Claim
- Quick Essential References
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you have sustained an injury due to a traffic light malfunction, you might be wondering if you could make a faulty traffic light car accident claim. Making a personal injury claim of this kind could be complex, depending on who was responsible for the accident, and whether the traffic light malfunction has been reported to the relevant authorities.
Below, we describe in detail the kinds of situations that could lead to a claim for a traffic light malfunction accident. We discuss the steps you should take if you’ve been injured in such an accident and give you some insight into how much compensation you could look to receive. We also answer questions such as:
- In faulty traffic light car accident claims, am I eligible to claim if the malfunction wasn’t reported?
- If I was injured by someone running a red light causing an accident, who’s at fault?
- Do you have to report a minor car accident to the police in the UK?
- Can I claim personal injury if the car accident was my fault?
We hope the information provided in the sections below clarifies whether you could make a claim for compensation. If you are at all unsure as to whether you could be eligible to claim, you can call our friendly team at any time. If we believe you could have a case for compensation, we could connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel.
Have you gone through a green light at a junction, and crashed into another car because their light was also on green? Or, perhaps you’ve waited a long time at a traffic light, and it has not turned amber, leading you to realise that the light is broken, and moved off carefully only to be crashed into? In both of these cases, a faulty traffic light car accident could lead to damage to you and your vehicle.
Running a red light and causing an accident in the UK is something many of us never think we will do, but what happens if a traffic light malfunctions and stays on red? Do you proceed through and run the red light? And if you do, could you be held liable for any accident that comes from such an action? And what happens when a traffic light malfunctions, giving several drivers at a junction the green light to move forward, causing them to crash into each other?
These types of accidents could each be classed as a traffic light malfunction accident.
How Often Do Traffic Lights Malfunction?
According to a report from 2018, the number of accidents caused by faulty traffic lights in Merseyside between 2010 and 2016 was 120. Surrey, during the same period, reported 140 car crash injuries with the same cause.
Injuries sustained in these types of accidents could range from minor to severe, depending on the speed the vehicles were travelling at and where your car was hit. While common injuries such as whiplash may resolve in a relatively short space of time, in other cases you could be seriously injured. And serious injuries could have a significant impact on the rest of your life. You can see the severity of injuries across road traffic accidents in Great Britain in the year up to June 2021 below.
But how could you tell which type of traffic light malfunction accident, if any, could lead to a faulty traffic light car accident claim? The answer could be complicated and could depend on many different factors. This is why it could be a good idea to use the services of an experienced lawyer when making a faulty traffic light car accident claim.
What do you do when a traffic light is not working? If you believe that a traffic light is not working correctly, whether it is stuck on one colour or is changing too quickly, you should take extreme care. Some of the actions you could take to protect yourself and others from a traffic light malfunction accident could include:
- Stopping at the junction
- Looking out for traffic before manoeuvring
- Reporting the light you believe to be faulty
In order to report a faulty traffic light, you could opt to use the Government’s website. They have a service whereupon you input the postcode of the traffic light that is faulty and it directs you to the local authority’s website. You could then get in contact with the local authority responsible for the traffic light and report it directly to them.
When reporting a faulty traffic light, it would be wise to take a reference number for the report. This way, there is a record of such a report being made and you could provide evidence of your report should you be asked to do so.
Who Is Responsible For Traffic Lights In London?
London is a big city, with many traffic lights. The responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of these traffic lights is Transport for London. If you would like to report a problem with a traffic light, then you should do so directly with TfL.
The liability for car accidents at faulty traffic lights could vary. In general terms, motorists should apply due care and attention to the operation of their vehicle. If they approach a traffic light that is faulty, they should take the same care as they would if they approached an unmarked junction.
While the local authority has put traffic lights in place to improve safety at junctions, the duty of care is on the driver to ensure they are safe to proceed through a junction.
How Do You Prove That You Are Not At Fault In A Car Accident Of This Type?
This could be tricky to do. Reporting the incident right away, while not admitting liability at the scene could be a wise idea. Then, the police could investigate the incident to see who could be considered at fault.
In some cases, you may have been partially at fault, while in others, you may have been the blameless victim. Even if you are partially at fault for an accident at a junction where the lights have stopped working, you may be able to still claim compensation for your injuries, as long as someone else was also at fault.
If both parties are deemed to be partially at fault for an accident, then the claim could be settled with split liability. The claimants would still receive compensation for their injuries, but it could be reduced to reflect their involvement. To learn more about faulty traffic light car accident claims, why not speak to an advisor today?
Liability For Cycling Accidents Caused By A Faulty Traffic Light
Part of a driver’s due care and attention to the road should include noticing cyclists at traffic lights. Usually, in cases where a driver has failed to notice a cyclist and this has caused an accident, the fault would be the motorists.
However, sometimes a cyclist could be held responsible for a traffic light accident. For example, if a cyclist were to run a red light and crash into a car, this could be the cyclist’s fault.
In cases involving faulty traffic lights where cyclists and motorists are injured or suffer damage to their mode of transport, liability could be disputed, and it would be up to the claimants’ representatives to argue for compensation on their behalf.
According to the Highways Act 1980, the local highway authority (usually councils) have a responsibility to ensure that roads are maintained to a safe standard and are appropriate for the volume and nature of traffic using them. Part of their approach towards keeping roads safe sometimes involves the placement of traffic lights to control the flow of traffic. However, while you might assume that a faulty traffic light accident claim would most likely be made against the local authority, this is not usually the case.
One example of a case where a council was deemed not at fault for a traffic light accident was Taylor v Gateshead Council and Newcastle City Council. In this case, it was deemed that the council was not liable for an accident between a motorcyclist and a bus. This was because the judge ruled that, while the council owed a duty to non-road users to design junctions and traffic light sequences, they didn’t have a duty to revise, review or amend the designs.
If you’re unsure as to whether you could claim compensation for a traffic light malfunction accident, why not call our team and we will check your eligibility for you.
At the scene of any accident that has caused damage to property or personal injury, you should stop. You should also make sure to report the accident to the police.
Minor incidents where you are not required to inform the police as an emergency should be reported to police within 24 hours. It would also be wise to inform your insurance company, whether you are planning to make a claim or not.
Other steps you could take, especially if you are considering making a faulty traffic light accident claim could include:
- Taking photographs: You could take photos of the scene, or even a video of the traffic light malfunctioning if it is safe to do so. You could also take photos of your injuries.
- Getting contact details of witnesses: If other motorists are involved, then it would be wise to take their details including those of their insurance. You could also take contact details for witnesses, and make sure you write vehicle registration details down too.
- Get medical help: If the accident is serious, someone might already have contacted the emergency services and you might be checked out at the scene. However, even if your injuries seem fairly minor, it could be wise to seek advice from a medical professional on managing them. This could also serve as a record of the accident and your injuries.
- Get legal advice: If you call our expert advisors, we will be able to ascertain which of the car accident fault determination rules in the UK could apply to your case. We could then advise you as to whether you could make a faulty traffic light car accident claim.
If you are looking for a personal injury claims calculator to tell you how much you could receive for a faulty traffic light car accident claim, you might be surprised to see the table below instead.
We have opted to give you guideline figures for compensation payouts that we believe could relate to this type of accident. The figures included below are from the Judicial College Guidelines, a publication that lawyers and the courts could use to agree on a compensation settlement for your claim.
We have chosen to present figures in this way instead of using a calculator because such tools won’t be able to take into account the specifics of your case. Therefore, they would only be able to give you a very rough approximation of your compensation payout, which could be misleading.
|Site of injury||Approximate Payout Amount||How Severe|
|Arm||£18,020 to £36,770||Less severe|
|Arm||£90,250 to £122,860||Severe|
|Back||Up to £11,730||Minor|
|Back||£36,390 to £151,070||Severe|
|Foot||£12,900 to £23,460||Moderate|
|Foot||£39,390 to £65,710||Severe|
|Leg||£26,050 to £36,790||Moderate|
|Leg||£36,790 to £127,530||Severe|
|Neck||£7,410 to £36,120||Moderate|
|Neck||£42,680 to £139,210||Severe|
If you don’t see the injury you’ve sustained in this table, do not worry. You can call us at any time to discuss how much compensation could be paid in faulty traffic light car accident claims.
Compensation Through Special Damages
Not only could you claim compensation for the pain and suffering your injuries have caused you, but you could also claim special damages. These are meant to compensate you for expenses incurred by you because of your injuries. This could include expenses such as:
- Medical costs: Prescription costs, over the counter medicine costs, counselling costs and physiotherapy are just some of the medical costs you could be compensated for.
- Income loss: If you’ve had to recover at home from your injuries and haven’t been able to attend work, any loss of earnings resulting from this could be claimed for.
- Care costs: If someone has had to care for your daily needs, such as washing and dressing, for example, care costs could be claimed for.
- Travel costs: Appointments relating to your injuries could necessitate you incurring travel costs. This could be the cost of parking charges, taxi, bus or rail fares. Such costs could be included as part of your claim.
It’s important to use proof you have of any losses or expenses so that you can include them within a faulty traffic light car accident claim. Failure to provide evidence of costs and losses could mean you’d miss out on the compensation you could have been eligible to claim.
A personal injury solicitor could help you if you are considering making a faulty traffic light car accident claim, and if you decide to use the services of a No Win No Fee solicitor, you won’t have to pay their fee unless your claim is settled in your favour.
The terms of No Win No Fee claims are documented under the agreement. This document effectively promises a success fee to your chosen lawyer if they have secured a payout for you. The success fee you’ll pay is usually a portion of the compensation and, to ensure you benefit from the balance, is legally capped.
If your solicitor doesn’t get you any payout for your traffic light malfunction accident, you won’t have to pay their success fee.
We believe that a No Win No Fee claim could provide you with the legal support to fight for the maximum compensation possible for your claim, no matter what your current financial situation is. We’d be glad to provide you with a personal injury lawyer that works under these terms for your claim.
If you’ve been injured in a traffic light malfunction accident, and you’d like help with what to do next, we’d be happy to help you. Here at Accident Claims UK, we have lots of experience helping claimants with a wide range of personal injury claims.
Our expert team could answer any questions relating to faulty traffic light car accident claims and ‘Am I eligible to claim?’ is just one of these. We could also answer any questions as to who may be at fault for a faulty traffic light accident, and what the personal injury claims time limit could be for your case.
Once we have the details of your accident, we’ll be able to tell you if we could pass your query to a personal injury solicitor from our panel who could help with a faulty traffic light car accident claim. All of our solicitors work under No Win No Fee payment terms, so you would not have to worry about having to pay them until your compensation has been arranged.
If you would like to make a faulty traffic light car accident claim, you can speak to our team at any time. Likewise, if you have questions about the claims process or would like us to check whether you could be eligible to claim, our team would be happy to help you. To contact us, simply:
- Call the Accident Claims UK helpline on 0800 073 8801.
- E-mail the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete our contact form; you’ll find it here.
- Or, use the live messaging function to chat to us.
Faulty traffic light car accident claims – FAQs
Can I claim for accidents caused by faulty traffic lights?
If you’re injured because an accident happened at a set of faulty traffic lights, you could claim if another road user caused the accident. Where lights are broken, drivers should approach the junction in the same way as any other without lights. Failure to do so could mean their driving was negligent and you could be entitled to damages in these cases.
Could I claim for a hit and run accident at faulty traffic lights?
If you suffer an injury in any type of car accident where the other driver doesn’t stop, you could still claim compensation. The government and the insurance industry operate the Motor Insurers’ Bureau to deal with such claims. You should record as much detail as possible such as the make, model and colour of the car as well as its registration number where possible.
What is the time limit for road traffic accident claims?
The Limitation Act 1980 says that personal injury claims have a 3-year time limit from the date of your accident. This does not apply to children or those without the mental capacity to begin their own claim. If a child is injured, a parent or another adult is allowed to claim on their behalf at any time before they become 18-years old.
Who has the right of way when traffic lights are faulty?
Generally, if you are going straight at a junction, and the traffic lights are faulty, you would have the right of way. The turning driver usually must wait to make their turn if another driver is moving straight ahead. However, it’s important that all drivers approach the junction with care.
If you have been in an accident caused by faulty traffic lights and want to know if you could claim, why not call our team? Then, we could assess your eligibility to claim.
I was in an accident caused by faulty traffic lights; what can I claim for?
What you could claim for in an accident caused by faulty traffic lights depends on your injuries and their effects on you. You would need to evidence that someone breached their duty of care towards you, causing you injuries.
You could then claim for the physical and mental injuries suffered if you can provide evidence of them. You could also receive compensation in a successful claim to cover reasonable out of pocket expenses caused by the accident if you could evidence them.
What should you do when encountering a broken traffic light by law?
According to rule 176 of the Highway Code, if a traffic light is not working, then you should treat the junction as if it is unmarked and proceed with care and caution.
How To Report A Problem With A Street Light: This page, on the Government’s website, shows you how to report a faulty street light.
The Highway Code: Read more about road safety.
Reporting An Accident: This page on the government website shows you when and how to report a car accident.
Split Liability: This guide explains more about split liability claims and how to get help with them
Car Accident Guidance: This general guide covers car accident claims in more detail.
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