Roundabout Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For Accident At A Roundabout – Who Is at Fault?

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By Fern Easton. Last Updated 18th February  2021. Welcome to our guide on claiming roundabout accident compensation. A familiar sight on many roads across the UK, roundabouts are used by drivers every day. But what happens when you suffer an accident at a roundabout that is not your fault or partially your fault? Could you claim compensation for your injuries? And how would you prove who was at fault for such an accident?

Within the sections of the guide below, there is lots of information that could help you discover whether or not you’d be able to go ahead and make a roundabout accident claim. We’ll also talk about the type of proof you may need, the injuries you may have sustained, and how a personal injury lawyer could help you with a claim. Whether you’ve suffered whiplash because someone cut across you at a roundabout or back injuries when you were hit from behind at a roundabout, the sections below could provide some useful guidance on whether you could take action against another motorist by making a personal injury claim.

For situation-specific advice or to be provided with a personal injury solicitor to help you with a claim, simply call 0800 073 8801. However, we would encourage you to read on to learn more about roundabout accident claims before you get in touch.

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A Guide To Claiming For An Accident At A Roundabout

Did you suffer injuries in an accident at a roundabout? Did a driver pull out on you, crash into you while you were waiting to enter the roundabout, or try to overtake you in a dangerous manner? Were they distracted by a mobile phone, or were they speeding? If so, and you could prove that another motorist was at fault for your roundabout accident, you could consider making claims for compensation.

Roundabout accidents could cause any number of injuries, depending on the speed they occurred at, and you could suffer anything from cuts and bruises to whiplash to life-changing injuries that you may never recover from. In extreme cases, it could be possible for someone to suffer fatal injuries in a roundabout accident.

No matter how badly you were injured, you could also have incurred some costs as a result of your injuries, from losses of earnings from having to stay off work to recover to medical and travel expenses for appointments.

Here at Accident Claims UK, we could help you claim compensation, not just for these costs but also for the injuries you’ve sustained and the pain you have had to bear because of your injuries. We could assess your case and provide you with an experienced personal injury solicitor who could fight your claim for you in order to help you secure compensation for a roundabout accident that was not your fault. In the sections that follow this one, we’ll look at what the Highway Code says about using a roundabout, how to tell if someone else was at fault for your accident and more. We’ll discuss no win no fee claims and how a solicitor working on this basis could help you. We’ll also look at potential compensation awards for specific injuries.

What Is An Accident At A Roundabout?

Whether you were a passenger in a car, bus or taxi, a motorcyclist or driver of a vehicle, an accident at a roundabout could cause you to suffer injuries. But what constitutes a roundabout accident? Basically speaking, anything that happens at a roundabout that causes a vehicle or other road user to crash into another vehicle or a stationary object could constitute a roundabout accident. In the section below, we describe the right way, according to the Highway Code, of using a roundabout safely.

If these safety instructions are not adhered to, an accident could be caused, but accidents could also be caused by drivers speeding, not paying attention to road signs or other vehicles, or being under the influence of drink or drugs. They could also be caused if a driver is distracted by their mobile phone.

If you are injured in an accident at a roundabout, and the other driver is at fault, then you may be able to claim compensation for injuries that you have suffered. You may also be able to claim for costs associated with the injuries you’ve sustained, such as medical expenses, loss of earnings, travel costs and more.

You may be wondering how long you’d have to claim after an accident at a roundabout. In most cases, the personal injury claims time limit would be 3 years from the accident date, but there are some cases where claims could still be made outside of this limitation period.

If you’d like to chat with someone about claiming roundabout accident compensation, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

The Highway Code Guide To Roundabouts

According to the Highway Code, when using a roundabout where you intend to turn right, you should initially signal to the right and make your approach to the roundabout from the right-hand lane. You should stay to the right on the roundabout until such time as you need to switch to the left lane to leave the roundabout. Once you have passed the exit prior to yours, you should indicate to the left.

In many cases, the left-hand lane could be used for going straight on or turning left. However, for some roundabouts, there may be indications in the form of road signs and markings that the left lane is only for those turning left, while with others, there may be indications that the left lane is only for those travelling straight on.

Drivers continuing around a roundabout in the left-hand lane risk causing accidents where drivers are trying to emerge into the roundabout from exits as they cross the exits. Drivers exiting from the right-hand lane are also at risk of causing accidents as they could cut across someone who is moving in the left-hand lane.

If the rules of the Highway Code are not adhered to by a motorist, and an accident occurs, that motorist could be deemed at fault and could be liable for compensation claims to be launched against them.

Common Causes Of Accidents At A Roundabout

There could be many different causes of an accident at a roundabout. Some of the most common of these could include:

  • Someone causing an accident on a roundabout from the wrong lane
  • Someone cutting across you at a roundabout
  • A rear-end shunt while you are waiting at a roundabout
  • A driver speeding on approach to a roundabout
  • Someone pulling out too swiftly
  • Someone not paying attention to the road (mobile phone usage or other distractions)
  • Someone driving under the influence of drink/drugs
  • And more…

If it could be established that you were using the roundabout safely but were injured in an accident at a roundabout because of another driver’s negligence, then you could claim roundabout accident compensation for your injuries.

Establishing Fault In Accidents At A Roundabout

Establishing roundabout accident liability is not always simple, which is why we recommend using a personal injury solicitor with experience when making a claim for an accident at a roundabout.

Some FAQs of who could be at fault for an accident on a roundabout could be answered below.

Q: I was injured in a roundabout overtaking accident – who’s at fault?

A: It depends on whether it was unsafe for the other driver to overtake you. If it was not, and you suffer a roundabout accident, the fault could lie with the other driver.

Q: I was injured in a roundabout accident – who is at fault if a driver rear-ended me?

A: It would usually be the fault of the other driver.

Q: I was injured when a driver ran through a mini-roundabout. In this type of accident on a roundabout, who is to blame in the UK?

A: In this type of mini-roundabout accident, the fault would lie with the other driver.

Q: I was in an accident on a roundabout – whose fault was it if I was going too fast, but the other car was also travelling too fast?

A: In this type of roundabout accident, 50/50 liability may apply. You may share liability and could still claim compensation, but your compensation may be reduced to reflect your liability.

These are just general guidelines. For specific advice that has been tailored to your situation or for more details on roundabout accident claims, please do not hesitate to call us.

Who Is At Fault If Another Driver Cuts Across You At A Roundabout

If someone cuts across you on a roundabout, whose fault is it? This could be considered a common question for roundabout accident victims. The simple answer is, if you were using the roundabout safely and someone cut across you, perhaps because they were in the wrong lane on a roundabout, it would be likely that they would be at fault, and you could claim compensation for this type of accident at a roundabout. If you’d like us to assess your case to see if you could make a claim, all you have to do is get in touch.

Whiplash Caused By An Accident At A Roundabout

Have you suffered whiplash in an accident on a roundabout? If so, and it was someone else’s fault, then you could look into making a claim for your injuries. Roundabout collisions could cause whiplash, as they could cause your head to jolt back and forth or sideways violently, which could stretch and strain the tendons within the neck.

If you have been the victim of a rear-end shunt while waiting at a roundabout, then it could be important to get medical attention so that you could benefit from advice on whiplash and how the injury could progress. Some cases of whiplash do not present immediate symptoms and could grow worse over time. While many whiplash cases could resolve themselves with self-care and over the counter painkillers, in some cases, they could lead to more chronic conditions.

Should your whiplash be the result of a roundabout collision that was someone else’s fault, you may be eligible to make a claim for roundabout accident compensation.

Where Are The UK’s Most Dangerous Roundabouts?

There are certain roundabouts that could be considered more dangerous than others due to the high frequency of accidents that happen there. Roundabout accident statistics are taken from July 2017-18 and include:

  • London’s Redbridge roundabout – 18 accidents, 21 casualties and 36 vehicles in total
  • Portsmouth’s Portsbridge roundabout – 17 accidents, 18 casualties
  • London’s Hangar Lane roundabout – 16 accidents
  • Surrey’s Staines bypass/ London road roundabout – 15 accidents, 24 casualties
  • London’s Hyde Park Corner – 14 accidents, 16 casualties and 28 vehicles

Whether you have been injured at one of these roundabouts or any other in the UK, if the accident was not your fault, you could consider making a claim for your roundabout injury.

Roundabout accidents facts and statistics

Roundabouts are a common kind of junction that UK drivers are likely to encounter on road journeys. Roundabouts often force drivers to reduce their speed, which might lead us to assume that they’re a safe junction type. But accidents on roundabouts do take place.

A study looking at the number of accidents occurring on roundabouts (Review of Accident Research at Roundabouts, J Kennedy, J Peirce and I Summersgill) showed an increase in accidents on roundabouts with a larger number of arms. Roundabouts with 6 arms saw an accident frequency of 5.95, where 3 armed roundabouts saw an accident frequency of just 0.79. Overall, just 7% of accidents that occur on roundabouts in the UK are fatal or serious.

When we look at the kind of road users involved in accidents on roundabouts, we see that cars and taxis make up 76.7% of accidents on roundabouts, but only 6% of these accidents are classed as fatal or serious. Conversely, pedestrians make up 2.8% of accidents on roundabouts, 22.6% are serious. A similar pattern can be seen in pedal cyclists and motorcyclists, who make up 8% and 14.4% of accidents on roundabouts respectively, of which 9.5% and 19.3% are severe. We can assume that this is because they, as vulnerable road users, don’t have the protection offered by a vehicle.

Accident At A Roundabout Personal Injury Claims Calculator

You may have experienced using a personal injury claims calculator for accidents you may have suffered before, but we have chosen to lay out approximations of the level of award that could be appropriate for certain injuries below. We hope you find this useful. We have taken the information on how much certain injuries could attract from the Judicial College Guidelines, and we believe it gives an instant look at how much you could look to receive, approximately, for injuries that could be classed as common for a roundabout accident.

Type of Injury (location)NotesAward Bracket
Brain damage (moderate)Where personality changes, there is an intellectual deficit that is moderate to severe, speech and senses are affected, there is a risk of epilepsy and there is no chance of being able to be employed.£140,870 to £205,580
Brain damage (moderate)Where there is a modest to moderate intellectual deficit, risk of epilepsy is present and there is not much chance of employment if any at all.£85,150 to £140,870
Brain damage (moderate)Memory and concentration would be affected, and any ability to work would be reduced. Minor risk of epilepsy, but little dependence on others.£40,410 to £85,150
Neck Injuries (Severe)Incomplete paraplegia/permanent spastic quadriparesis cases could be considered under this bracket. The claimant could wear a collar 24 hours per day for many years, but movement in the neck is still not a possibility, or they have only a little movement. Headaches could be termed ‘untreatable’Around £139,210
Neck injuries (Moderate)Dislocations of the neck or fractures. These would have an immediate effect and could include chronic referred symptoms elsewhere. Serious injuries to the soft tissues in the neck and the back could also be considered here. A limitation of activities would be present as well as risk of future trauma.£23,460 to £36,120
Neck injuries (Moderate)Soft tissue injuries or wrenching with lesions to the discs could be included here. Surgery could be required at a later date and there could be serious limitations on the claimant’s ability to move.£12,900 to £23,460
Neck injuries (Moderate)This could include those injuries that have led to a pre-existing condition being exacerbated. There could be persistent nuisance symptoms remaining.£7,410 to £12,900
Back injuries (Severe)Where there is root nerve damage, a loss of sensation, an impaired ability for the bladder or bowel to function, scarring and sexual difficulties.£69,600 to £82,980
Beck injuries (Minor)Where recovery is possible with only nuisance type symptoms within 2-5 years. No surgery is required.£7,410 to £11,730

If, however, your injury isn’t included in the table below, we could help you over the phone. Simply call one of our advisors, and we’ll give you a rough estimate of how much roundabout accident compensation you could be entitled to.

Special Damages Which Could Be Claimed For An Accident At A Roundabout

If you’re wondering what roundabout accident claims can include, this section will be helpful to you. When you make a compensation claim for any personal injury, you could expect to be compensated for the suffering and the pain of your injuries, which could be classed as general damages. However, you could also receive, as part of your claim, awards for special damages, which are the monetary costs/losses that you’ve sustained directly as a result of your injuries. These could include:

Care costs – Whether you have had to have day-to-day care with activities you were unable to do because of your injuries, or you’ve had to put your children into childcare so that you could recover from your injuries, then these costs could form part of a roundabout accident claim.

Medical costs – Whether you had to pay for private treatment for your injuries or needed to pay prescription costs, these could also form part of a claim for an accident at a roundabout.

Travel costs – Did you have to travel to medical appointments or to see your lawyer? If so, these travel expenses would have arisen because of your roundabout accident, and you could claim for them.

Earning losses – Was your wage lower because you were not able to attend work as normal because of your injuries? Both actual and future predicted wage losses could be claimed for as part of a personal injury claim.

It could be a wise idea to gather any evidence of costs and losses you’ve experienced because of an accident at a roundabout, as this could help make claiming for such damages easier.

No Win No Fee Claims For An Accident At A Roundabout

Are you aware that you could make a claim for an accident at a roundabout without having to pay upfront for legal help? With no win no fee claims, you could retain the services of a personal injury lawyer right away by signing something called a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is a document that shows how much (as a percentage) of your eventual settlement you would pay your solicitor if your claim was successful. The amount that your solicitor could request within this document cannot be over 25% of your total settlement, so you could rest assured that the majority of your compensation would be for your benefit and not the lawyer’s benefit. Should your claim be unsuccessful, even though it was a valid claim, then you would not have to pay their success fee.

Some claimants might prefer to claim in this manner because they do not want to pay upfront for legal help, while others might choose to go this route because they feel it presents less of a financial risk. At Accident Claims UK, we are proud to say that all of the solicitors we could provide to claimants work under no win no fee agreements, so you could begin a claim with one of our solicitors today without having to pay upfront. To find out more about claiming roundabout accident compensation with a Conditional Fee Agreement, get in touch with our team today. 

How Our Road Traffic Accident Claims Specialists Could Help You

At Accident Claims, we have trained advisors with experience in helping people in your situation who have suffered injuries in an accident that was not their fault. We understand only too well how stressful these situations could be, and we aim to take as much of that stress away as we can by making the process of claiming simpler. When you get in touch with us, we will talk to you about the situation you’ve found yourself in, the injuries you’ve sustained, and we may ask a few questions to ascertain the details we need to assess your case. If we don’t think you’d be eligible to claim compensation, we will be honest and tell you, as we do not wish to waste anyone’s time. If we think your claim could result in compensation, we could give you free advice and support, and could even provide you with a no win no fee solicitor to take your case forward.

We pride ourselves on our great service levels, and the feedback from previous clients has alluded to the compassionate, professional service we provide. We look forward to extending this great service to you too.

Start A Claim For An Accident At A Roundabout

Are you now ready to begin a claim for a roundabout accident that has caused you to suffer injuries, or would you like some more advice and guidance? Whatever your position, you can get in touch with us in a manner that suits you.

By telephone – 0800 073 8801

Via Live Chat

By email – office@accidentclaims.co.uk

Or by filling out our contact form.

Why not get in touch today to begin your claim for compensation. We’d be happy to help you.

Essential Resources

Motor Insurers’ Bureau claims – Our guide to making claims following an accident with an untraced or uninsured driver.

Taxi Injury Claims – Were you in a taxi that was in a roundabout accident? If so, this guide may be of interest.

Head Injuries – Did you suffer a head injury in an accident at a roundabout? If so, this guide may be of use.

Resources For Motorists

The Highway Code – Here, you can find a link to the Highway Code, which describes how to use a roundabout.

The Government’s Page On Road Safety – Here, you will find the Government’s page on road safety.

Road Casualty Statistics – Here, you can find published statistics from the Department for Transport for 2019.

Thank you for reading our guide on roundabout accident compensation.

Article by Jo