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How much compensation for a roundabout accident claim? Who is At Fault?

By Daniel Bradley. Last Updated 23rd July 2021. Welcome to our guide about roundabout accident claims. Awareness of other vehicles and good judgement are necessary when navigating a roundabout. If a driver pulls out too quickly or doesn’t take note of other cars on the road, an accident can easily occur. If you have been involved in a roundabout accident and it was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. We reveal everything you need to know about roundabout accident claims below.

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A guide to claims for roundabout accidents

We have helped many road traffic accident victims to get the compensation they deserve. A lot of these victims have been involved in a roundabout accident. Roundabout car accidents can have severe consequences, and we have helped victims that have suffered serious, lasting injuries, as well as those that have been lucky enough to come away with more minor injuries.

No matter what applies to you, it is important to recognise that you are entitled to compensation if the accident was not your fault. In this guide, you will find out everything you need to know regarding roundabout accident claims, including roundabout collision case law, eligibility, how to make a claim, average payout amounts, and our No Win No Fee approach.

So, get in touch with our advisors today to get started.

What is a roundabout accident?

This is any type of accident that happens on a roundabout, no matter whether you were the passenger in a vehicle that crashed into the roundabout itself, or you were driving when someone else crashed into you. The Highway Code is in place to reduce accidents on mini-roundabouts and roundabouts. It states that when turning right at a roundabout, you need to do the following:

  • Signal right and then use the right-hand lane when approaching the roundabout
  • Until you need to change to the left lane, you should keep to the right
  • Once you have passed the exit before the one you want, signal left
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These instructions are in place to ensure accidents do not happen. If someone is in the wrong lane while exiting the roundabout or they do not pay attention to other cars on the road, accidents can easily happen. Remember, the left lane is usually only for proceeding straight ahead or turning left – it is not for turning right. If you continue the island in this lane, you could cross exits that other drivers are trying to emerge from, and this is when accidents on mini-roundabouts and roundabouts happen.

If someone has failed to follow the Highway Code when using a roundabout, and you have been injured as a consequence, you may be entitled to compensation. You simply need to be able to prove that the roundabout or mini-roundabout accident fault lies with someone else. This could be another driver or it could be the person driving the vehicle you were in. So, you could even claim as a passenger. Simply call us today for more information.

The 10 most dangerous roundabouts in the UK

Roundabout accidents are, unfortunately, very common. Here are ten of the most dangerous roundabouts in the UK, any of which could result in roundabout accident claims:

  • Heath Interchange in North East Derbyshire // 74
  • Hogarth Roundabout in Hounslow // 77
  • Great Cambridge Junction in Enfield // 80
  • Lewisham High Street in Lewisham // 84
  • Edgware Road/North Circular in Barnet // 88
  • Redbridge Tube Station in Redbridge // 99
  • Great Cambridge Rd/Churchill Way in Broxbourne // 102
  • Royal Docks Road in Newham // 105
  • Bordesley Circus in Birmingham // 105
  • Elephant and Castle Roundabout in Southwark // 169

What to do if you are involved in an accident at a roundabout causing injury

If you have been involved in a roundabout accident that was not your fault, it is important to gather evidence to strengthen your claim. As mentioned, the most vital question when it comes to any compensation case for an accident on a roundabout is who is at fault? By taking the following steps, you can show who was to blame for your injuries:

See A Medical Professional

There is only one place to begin, and this is with seeing a medical professional. Of course, this is important for your health firstly. Plus, if you have sustained severe injuries, you will have no choice but to see a doctor. Nevertheless, there are some people that attempt to heal themselves when they have only sustained minor injuries. This could be because they feel a trip to the hospital is unnecessary.

However, if you do this, you will struggle to make a claim. This is because the medical report provided by your doctor is the most crucial piece of evidence; it will be used to determine how much compensation you receive.

Not only this, but whiplash is one of the most common injuries people sustain as a result of accidents on mini-roundabouts and roundabouts. When suffering from whiplash, some people may not experience any symptoms at first. After a few hours and sometimes even a few days, the symptoms come on strong, and it can be very painful. This is why you should always see a doctor just to be sure.

Whiplash Reform Programme

If you’ve been in a roundabout accident since 31st May 2021, then you can claim through an online portal known as the Whiplash Reform Programme. However, this only applied for cases worth up to £5,000. The purpose of this portal is to streamline the process of making claims for smaller amounts.

Despite the name of the programme, this portal can be used for all road traffic accidents under £5,000. It’s always best to check with us beforehand to see if your claim could be worth more than £5,000. We’re here to answer your questions.

Road Traffic Accident Statistics

This new way of claiming for smaller claims is in part due to the prevalence of whiplash injuries compared to other kinds of injuries. Government figures show that of the 650,000 claims made for road traffic accidents in 2020, 550,000 of them were for whiplash injuries. Whilst we do not know how many of these accidents were sustained due to a roundabout accident, it shows how common whiplash injuries can be.

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Gather Contact Information

If possible, get the contact information of the person that caused the accident. You should also note the make and model of their vehicle. You should also get the contact details of anyone that witnessed the accident. This is because witness statements can really help to strengthen your claim.

Take Photographs

If applicable, take photographs of your injuries, as well as photographs of the scene or any damage to your car.

Make Notes

As soon as you get the opportunity, make a note of everything that happened. This will make sure you do not forget any important details later down the line.

Keep Proof Of Expenses

Last but not least, be sure to keep proof of any expenses you have incurred as a direct consequence of your injuries. This could be anything from loss of income and counselling expenses to travel costs and the cost of childcare. You will be able to claim for all of these costs. However, you will only be able to do so if you have proof, so don’t throw away receipts or any other documents.

How to begin a roundabout accident claim

Making roundabout accident claims is easy when you work with us. All you need to do is give us a call and we will handle everything for you. When you speak to our team, we will begin by providing you with a free consultancy session. This gives you the chance to ask any questions you have. Not only this, but we will ask you a number of questions.

This is nothing to worry about. It is simply so we can advise you in the best possible manner. We can also arrange a local, independent examination for you if needed. Additionally, we handle all claims on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is successful. You will find out more information about this towards the end of the guide.

What can be claimed for after an accident at a roundabout?

When making a roundabout accident claim, the compensation is often made up of two main figures. They’re known as general damages and special damages. There’s a brief description of both of these below.

General Damages

This is the compensation you will receive to cover your pain and suffering. The amount can vary depending on the type of injury, its severity, and the recovery time. It’s not just physical injuries that can be claimed for. Mental injuries such as anxiety can be claimed for too.

Special Damages

This figure is awarded to the claimant to reimburse them for financial losses and additional outgoings caused by their injuries. For example, you may have missed time at work due to an injury sustained in a roundabout accident.  This is known as loss of earnings, and part of the calculation could be made up of the wages you’d have earned over this period of time.

Some other things that could be considered for reimbursement are things like damage to personal property, medical expenses, and even travels costs. Make sure to hold into receipts and other forms of proof, so you stand a better chance of claiming these costs back.

Call our advisors for more information regarding what else can be included in a special damages payment.

The most common reasons for roundabout accidents

Some of the most common reasons for a roundabout accident occurring are as follows:

  • Accident on a roundabout from the wrong lane
  • Speeding
  • A driver using their phone
  • Someone failing to pay attention to other traffic
  • Pulling out too quickly

If someone cuts across you on a roundabout whose fault is it?

Accident on roundabout whose fault is it? This is a question we often get asked. Well, if someone has cut in front of you, it will be his or her fault if an accident arises as a consequence. All you need to do is give us a call and we will advise you on building a strong case, ensuring you get the maximum amount possible for your roundabout accident claims.

Who is at fault in a car accident on a roundabout?

Accident on a roundabout who is at fault? This is a question we often get asked. There are many different types of accidents that can happen on roundabouts. Refer to The Highway Code at the bottom of the guide for more information on how you should drive safely on roundabouts. This should help you to determine whether you or the other driver was at fault. If you are still unsure, all you need to do is give us a call and we will happily advise further.

How much compensation will I get after a roundabout accident causing injury?

One thing a lot of our clients ask is how much roundabout accident compensation they are entitled to. This is a reasonable question. After all, you want to know whether making a claim is going to be worth it. Unfortunately, it is impossible to give you an accurate figure regarding how much compensation you will receive. This is because there are many different variables that are involved, and every personal injury case is different.

However, what you should know is that we always aim to secure the maximum payout amount for all of our clients. Below, you will get a better understanding of the typical payout amounts for injuries relating to car accidents on roundabouts. Remember, these are just estimates; there is always the potential to receive more than the maximum. Moreover, if you cannot find the injury you have sustained in the table below, all you need to do is give us a call for more information. The figures in the table have been taken from the latest edition of a publication known as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amount Comments
Minor back injuries £2,300 - £11,730At the higher end of this bracket, the payout is based on a number of different factors. This includes how severe the original injury is, the consistency of the symptoms, the degree of pain experienced, and the extent of any treatment needed. Cases resulting a few hundred pounds are those whereby a recovery is made in a few weeks or a month or two.
Moderate back injuries£11,730 - £36,390Higher payouts are for cases whereby there is residual disability, yet not to the extent whereby it would quantify as a severe back injury. At the lower end of the scale are cases involving ligament or muscle disturbance, which result in backache and soft tissue injuries.
Severe back injuries£36,390 - £151,070Higher payouts are for the most serious back injuries, which involve damage to the spinal cords and nerve roots. Lower payouts are for cases that involve soft tissue injuries, disc lesions, or disc fractures.
Tetraplegia£304,630 - £379,100The victim has full awareness of their disability - the higher end of the bracket is awarded to those where some pain in present
Paraplegia£205,580 - £266,740The victim understands their condition and experiences great pain, sometimes to a severe level.
Minor neck injuries£2,300 - £7,410There are a number of different factors that will determine how much compensation you will receive. This includes the following: how severe the neck injury is, symptom consistency, the intensity of the pain you are experiencing, the impact of the injuries on the rest of your life, i.e. your work and your relationships, treatment required, and whether medication is needed.
Moderate neck injuries£7,410 - £36,120The higher payout is for fractures or dislocations that result in instant serious symptoms. The lower payout is for injuries that have accelerated or exacerbated a pre-existing condition.
Severe neck injuries£42,680 - £139,210The lower payout is for fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue damage. The maximum payout is for neck injuries that lead to incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic quadriparesis.
Mental anguish£4,380This is for fear of death and expectation of end of life.
Pain and suffering £1,000 - £200,000The amount of compensation you receive will be determined by the level of pain and suffering you have encountered.
Loss of anticipated earnings£10,000 - £400,000If you are going to miss work in the future due to your injuries, you can claim for loss of anticipated earnings. This will be calculated based on future earning potential as well as your current pay grade. In some cases, a higher payout than the maximum can be offered.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000If you have missed work due to your injuries, you can claim for actual income lost. In some cases, a higher payout than the maximum can be offered.

No Win No Fee roundabout accident claims

When you work with us, we will handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. All of the solicitors on our panel operate to this payment structure. So, what does it mean? Basically, you will only pay legal fees if your case is a success. If your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a penny to your solicitor. This drastically reduces the financial risk that is typically associated with making a claim for a roundabout accident compensation. After all, if you were to opt for a solicitor that charges per hour, there is always the huge risk that you could wind up with no compensation yet a massive legal bill to fund. You would be in an even worse position than you were when the process began.

There are additional knock-on benefits that are associated with the No Win No Fee service. This includes the peace of mind of knowing that we are working hard to secure the best outcome and that we believe in your claim for compensation. If you think about it, solicitors that charge per hour are not impacted by the outcome of the case. Win or lose, they still receive their money at the end of it. We, on the other hand, are impacted by whether you receive compensation or not. Not only does this mean that we give your case the attention it deserves, but it also means that we will only take on cases that we believe have a genuine chance of success. We will never waste your time, especially given the 3-year time limit in which to make personal injury claims.

Why choose us as your claims service for a roundabout accident claim

There may be many legal firms that can help you to launch a claim for a crash on a roundabout. However, you will struggle to find one that operates in the transparent, empathetic, and efficient manner that we do. We have many years of experience in the personal injury sector, and we have helped huge numbers of personal injury victims to get the compensation that they deserve. This includes car hit me on roundabout claims, as well as claims for accidents caused by drivers using the wrong lane and more. All you need to do is look at the feedback we have received from previous clients. You will see that we have an outstanding reputation in the industry; something we are very proud of.

One of the reasons why we are held in such high esteem is because we put our customers first all of the time. We know that you are going through an incredibly frustrating and upsetting period. We also know that your life has already been disrupted enough. This is why we always aim to get the maximum compensation payout in the smoothest and quickest manner possible. This efficiency enables you to focus on your recovery while we focus on securing your payout. Nonetheless, if you ever have any questions or need any advice about roundabout road accidents, all you need to do is give us a call.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you have been injured in a roundabout road traffic accident, and you are ready to make a claim, all you need to do is give us a call on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to one of our friendly and professional advisors, who will talk you through the claim process and answer any queries you may have. You can rest assured that we operate to the highest levels of confidentiality, and our advisors will do everything they can to make you feel at ease throughout. So, what are you waiting for? Call us to get started with your roundabout accident claims.

Helpful links

Highway Code Guidance

This link takes you to the UK Government website where you will find information on The Highway Code. This is a set of rules for using the road, including general rules, reversing, pedestrian crossings, roundabouts, road junctions, and overtaking.

Department Of Transport On Roundabouts

This takes you to the Department of Transport’s publication on Signal Controlled Roundabouts. The contents include reasons for use of signals at roundabouts, design considerations, control strategies and more.

Litigations Friends

Information on the government on how to appoint an adult to make a claim on your, or someone else’s, behalf.

Car Accident Guide

This is our guide on making compensation claims for car accidents. It includes information on what to do if you have been involved in a car accident, how to make a claim, what you can claim for, and average payout amounts.

Passenger Accident Guide

If you were injured as a passenger, use this guide for information on claiming as a passenger, common injuries, No Win No Fee, and more.

Claiming Through The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB)

If you’re hit by an uninsured driver you can still claim through the MIB. This is also true if the other driver flees the scene before you get their details.

Roundabout Accident Claims FAQs

Who is at fault for a roundabout accident?

The driver who cuts in front of a fellow motorist, thus causing the crash, is at fault.

Do roundabouts cause accidents?

Roundabouts actually have a fairly good safety rate in comparison to other major roads.

How do I get money from an accident claim?

You need to gather information at the scene of the accident and obtain witness testimonials before seeking legal guidance.

How is it determined as to which driver caused the accident?

Witness testimonials along with any credible evidence are all very important for determining responsibility.

Who has the right of way at a roundabout?

The vehicles already using the roundabout have right of way over those which initially come to “give way” road markings.

How many times can you go around a roundabout?

The maximum number of times that you can circle a roundabout is 3.

Can you claim for anxiety after a car accident?

You can, so long as it’s serious enough to indicate major damage. You must also be able to produce evidence.

Does a police report say who was at fault?

No, but it could be persuasive when the time comes for a settlement to be agreed upon.

Thank you for reading our guide about roundabout accident claims.

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