Can I Claim Compensation for a Roundabout Accident?

Roundabouts are a much safer alternative to cross-roads: there are approximately 40% fewer accidents on roundabouts. However, accidents still happen as roundabouts have the ability to confuse some drivers and turn others into ‘boy-racers’ who drive through them risking a crash.

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Furthermore, there are specific rules relating to the use of roundabouts, which most UK drivers, so used to driving on them, take for granted.  For example, there are rules governing who should give way to whom. The Highway Code states the basic rule that drivers must give way to traffic coming from the right.  However, some drivers fail to give way and a crash ensues. In fact, most accidents at roundabouts are caused by the failure to give way to priority traffic.

If another driver failed to give way when he should, misjudged a gap in the traffic, or crashed into the car in front of him because he was going too fast, he should pay for the damage he has caused.

Can I claim compensation for a roundabout accident?

If the accident is not your fault and the fault of another driver then phone us free of charge at Manners Pimblett to see if you can make a claim.

Firstly, you need to prove who was at fault.  Drivers in the UK have mandatory third-party insurance which will pay compensation on the driver’s behalf.

How do I prove the other driver was at fault?

  1. It is very important to take down the details of the other cars involved.  If you can, take down the contact details of any witnesses as you will need to contact them later to obtain their version of the events.  Their testimony may be vital in court to prove the other driver was at fault.
  2. Call the police.  Their job is to find out who is at fault.  They will also draft a detailed accident report and take details of any witnesses.  Their testimony in court will also carry more weight than a bystander’s.
  3. Check to see if there is any CCTV footage.  If there is film of the accident it will be harder for anyone to contradict your version of events.
  4. If you are injured, call an ambulance or a doctor.  They will be able to assess the extent of your injuries and ensure you receive the correct medical help.
  5. Take photographs of the accident scene.  They may serve as important evidence later on.

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