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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.