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. 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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