Faulty traffic light car accident claims

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In most circumstances, when dealing with a road traffic accident claim for personal injury compensation, the incident is caused by the negligence of one of two drivers. However, on rare occasions, the cause of a collision between two vehicles can be down to something else.

Road traffic accidents most commonly happen at junctions and intersections, where traffic is heavy and vehicles are stopping or stationary. One potential cause of a collision between two vehicles can be faulty traffic lights. Indeed, we have experience of handling personal injury claims for the occupants of cars that have collided with other moving vehicles due to a fault with traffic light timings.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident due to faulty traffic lights and sustained an injury as a result (such as whiplash) you are likely to be able to make a successful claim for personal injury compensation. Of course, the onus will be on you to prove that the cause of an accident was not your fault (i.e, that you didn’t ignore a red light) and that there was a fault that led to vehicles from differing junctions being shown green lights at the same time.

In such a circumstance, it is vitally important that the police are called to the scene so that the full details of the incident and the faulty traffic lights are properly reported and recorded.  In  a case like this, the claim for personal injury compensation would be made against the relevant local authority highways department and given the unusual nature of the claim, it indicates why it is a good idea to hire a specialist claims company or solicitor to pursue your car accident claim.

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  1. brett

    i was involved in a car accident where the traffic lights were both out, i proceeded with caution 5 mph at most letting another car pass in front of me at cross junction when i was t-boned driver side at at least 40 – 50mph writing off my brand new bmw 4 series, and was hit with that amount of force caused both wheel axles to snap on impact of curb where i came to a stand still. I have been informed that these traffic lights have been out on a number of occasions causing more than just my accident, police attended and i was taken straight to hospital on spinal board.

    • Ian Morris

      What was the date of your accident? If this incident happened within the past 3 years and you have not already pursued a claim for the injuries sustained and your losses, you should certainly do so. Whether the liability rests with the other driver, the Highways Authority who control the lights or even partially with you (split liability), you can pursue a claim.

      We would be happy to help you in this process should you require assistance. Please call our team on 01225430285 or ask us to contact you at a time that suits you and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  2. Joao nobrega

    I was involved in a faulty traffic light road traffic accident tonight and this was confirmed by the police and various witnesses. I am still in shock so I have no idea of the injuries I have, but I ache all over which is normal considering.

    I would like to made a claim against the council for causing the accident and I feel that they should replace my campervan and compensate me for the utter anguish this has caused to not only myself but a passenger in the other car that nearly lost his life tonight.

    • Ian Morris

      If the Police have confirmed that the accident was caused by a fault traffic light, it should be possible to pursue a claim against the authority responsible for the maintenance of the lights.

  3. Jackie

    Hi, I was involved in a car crash on Friday , I had approached a set of traffic lights that were not working, I proceeded with caution then noticed the red light on the opposite side , I slowed right down but was struck by a car on my driving side. They said that the light was on green. I have taken a photograph of the lights. They seem to be working intermittently. I sustained nasty whiplash injuries, bruising to my abdomen and also have quite bad coccyx pain. Would I be eligible for compensation?

    • Ian Morris

      You describe a difficult scenario for personal injury compensation in that the driver who collided with you would be unlikely to be liable as they have apparently followed the highway code and proceeded under a green light. You state that the traffic lights were faulty and there is a possibility that you may be able to claim against the highways agency or whichever authority has responsibility for these traffic lights. If there were no signs in situ warning of issues with the lights it could be that a claim could proceed, but you may have to accept an element of liability yourself.

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