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Faulty Traffic Light Car Accident Claims – Am I Eligible To Claim?

How To Claim Compensation For An Accident Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights

If you’re injured in a car accident caused by faulty traffic lights, you may ask yourself if you’re eligible to claim compensation. 

Whether you were injured as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian, if it happened because of a traffic light malfunction, or a driver running a red light and causing an accident, you might be owed compensation for your injuries.

Faulty traffic light car accident claims guide

Faulty traffic light car accident claims guide

If you have been injured due to a faulty traffic light car accident and are wondering “am I eligible to claim?” call Legal Expert today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and if you have legitimate reasons to claim compensation, a knowledgeable road traffic accident solicitor will start working on your claim right away. 

To start your faulty traffic light claim, call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804 to speak to us directly. Alternatively, use our online compensation form to reach us.

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A Guide To Faulty Traffic Light Car Accident Claims

Traffic lights have two main purposes. The first is to clear the road of traffic to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. The second is to control traffic at junctions and roundabouts. For example, stopping one lane of traffic at a box junction, to clear the way for another lane to enter. 

If traffic lights malfunction, become faulty or break due to bad weather conditions, this means that motorists and pedestrians have to show care and discretion on the roads. 

In this guide, we shall look at how broken traffic lights can cause accidents, and who is responsible for a road traffic accident caused by a set of faulty traffic lights. 

We shall explain how faulty traffic light car accident claims work and answer the question “am I eligible to claim?

To start your claim for an accident caused by a traffic light fault, speak to Legal Expert today. One of our advisors will be happy to speak to you about your accident in-depth. 

If we can see that you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation for a traffic light accident, we shall provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to handle your compensation claim. 

Alternatively, carry on reading this guide to learn more.

What Is A Faulty Traffic Light Or Car Accident?

A road traffic accident is when two or more vehicles collide, a car crashes into a static object, or a vehicle comes off the road. It can also occur when a vehicle hits a cyclist or pedestrian crossing the road. 

Car accidents and road accidents can happen for all sorts of reasons. Often, they happen because a driver is distracted, or their judgement has been affected by illegal drugs or alcohol. Other times a car accident can happen because of human error or poor conditions on the road.

The purpose of a traffic light is to control the flow of traffic at junctions, intersections, roundabouts and at dual carriageways safely and efficiently. Traffic lights are also put in place on pedestrian crossings to clear the road and help pedestrians cross safely. Unfortunately, faulty traffic lights or broken traffic lights can cause accidents on the road. 

Can traffic lights malfunction? Yes. Traffic lights are often timed to direct traffic in a safe manner. They are often operated by a timed computerised system. 

Traffic light errors can happen if the computer system or timer becomes faulty. For example, two different lanes of traffic could be given a green light at the same time and both assume they have the right of way, leading to a collision.

Accidents can also happen if the traffic lights at a pedestrian crossing have broken due to adverse weather or because of a mechanical failure. Motorists may wrongly believe that they don’t have to stop for pedestrians who are already crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing. Or they may not pay due care and attention. This can lead to accidents at pedestrian crossings where cars and other vehicles hit pedestrians crossing the road.

Who Is Responsible For An Accident At A Traffic Light?

If a road traffic accident occurs, it isn’t always straightforward to identify who was responsible. If two vehicles collide together, the fault may lie with the driver that acted negligently and caused the accident. 

If a driver hits and injures a pedestrian because of reckless or dangerous driving, the driver could be held liable for any injuries caused. 

In a smaller number of cases road traffic accidents can be caused by poor conditions on the road, so the party responsible for maintaining safe conditions on the road might be held responsible. 

Local authorities are responsible for maintaining highways and crossings in their jurisdiction. Your relevant highways agency, such as Highways England, is responsible for maintaining motorways and some A roads. If a road traffic accident is caused because of poor conditions on the road, the relevant agency would be responsible for the accident and could be held liable for any injuries caused.

If a car accident caused by traffic lights has occurred, you may assume that the relevant Local Authority or highways agency is always to blame. This is not always the case. 

First of all, a faulty traffic light may not have been reported to the relevant authorities. Secondly, even if the authorities are aware of the faulty traffic light, the road will still be in use for motorists until the traffic lights are fixed. 

Therefore the Local Authority and agencies such as Highways England still rely on drivers to drive responsibly and use their best judgement when they approach a faulty traffic light. Therefore a driver could be held liable for any injuries if they drive negligently and cause a car accident.

In some cases, both a driver and a Local Authority or highways agency may share responsibility for a traffic-light accident. 

If you have been injured in an accident, you may wish to make a faulty traffic light car accident claim for compensation against the party or parties who are responsible.

Liability For Accidents Involving Cyclists At Traffic Lights

There are a small number of occasions when a cyclist could be liable for a traffic-light accident. 

For example, if a cyclist runs a red light and causes an accident, who is at fault? The cyclist could be at fault for not following the rules of the road.

What To Do When You Come To A Faulty Traffic Light

If you encounter a faulty or broken traffic light when driving, what can you do to ensure your safety and the safety of others? We have listed the steps you should take below.

Stop At The Junction

If you are at a junction, intersection or a controlled roundabout and you can see that the traffic lights are broken or faulty, slow down and come to a stop as you would if you were entering a junction that did not have a traffic light. This will give you the option to check and see if the way is clear for you to go. You should always give way to oncoming traffic.

If you approach a pedestrian crossing and believe the traffic lights are faulty, drive cautiously and give way to any pedestrians who are already on the road.

Make A Sound Judgement

In these sorts of situations, it pays to use your common sense. The Highway Code explains that “If the traffic lights are not working, treat the situation as you would an unmarked junction and proceed with great care”. 

For example, a light that appears to be stuck on red? If you are stuck at a red light for more than a few minutes what should you do? Jumping the red light is illegal. However, it has been advised that if you are stuck at a red light for more than four minutes you can assume that it is faulty. Only cross if your way is clear and it is safe to do so.

What To Do At The Scene Of A Vehicle Accident?

If you are involved in a vehicle accident or a traffic light accident what should you do? 

There are some actions you can take to improve your chances of making a successful claim. Of course, if you or someone else is critically injured calling an ambulance should be your first priority. If injuries are minor, consider the following:

  • Take photographs of your injuries, the injuries of any passengers in the vehicle and damage to your vehicle.
  • If it is relevant, photograph the hazard that caused your accident, or film the faulty traffic lights to show lights aren’t changing properly.
  • Speak to the other driver and exchange contact details. If you are in a car accident and no details are exchanged this will make it more difficult to contact the other driver’s insurer
  • Take down the registration number, make, model and colour of the other car.
  • Speak to eyewitnesses and collect their names and contact details. They may be able to testify on your behalf in the future.
  • Report your car accident to the police if serious enough. The police records will provide evidence of your injuries.

We recommend that you seek the appropriate medical treatment for your injuries, firstly so that you can return to a state of wellness. Secondly, visiting a doctor’s surgery or hospital will make sure that you receive a diagnosis of your injuries. Your medical notes can be used as evidence when putting together your claim.

How To Report A Faulty Traffic Light

As soon as it is safe to do so, report the broken traffic light to your local authority.  Car accidents caused by faulty traffic lights can result in severe injuries, even death. So faulty traffic light reporting is essential. 

How do you report a faulty traffic light in the UK? If you encounter a faulty or malfunctioning traffic light on a local road, you can report it to your local authority. You can find the contact details for faulty traffic light reporting for your local council here.

What happens if you see a faulty traffic light on a major road or motorway? This will be the responsibility of a highways authority to fix. You can find out how you report a faulty traffic light in different parts of the UK below.

Highways England

0300 123 5000

Traffic Scotland

0800 028 1414

Traffic Wales

0845 602 6020

How do you report a faulty traffic light in Northern Ireland? You should report the faulty traffic light to the Department for Infrastructure.

If you encounter a faulty traffic light on foot please do not touch it or try to repair it yourself. Faulty pieces of electrical equipment are dangerous and you could be electrocuted.

Case Study – Local Authorities Liability

Now is the time to look at a case study involving Mr Taylor, who was injured in an accident involving a set of traffic lights. 

Mr Taylor was driving his motorcycle and came to a set of lights. The traffic lights indicated that it was safe to turn right and he did so. 

The path that Mr Taylor turned into had two upcoming lanes, one for regular traffic and one for a bus lane. The traffic seemed to be stationary so he assumed it was safe to go. Unfortunately, the traffic light for the bus lane was green, so the bus drivers believed that they had the right of way. Mr Taylor collided with an oncoming bus and suffered many injuries.

Mr Taylor found a solicitor and attempted to make an accident claim against his Local Authority. Unfortunately, the defendant was able to prove that the lights at the junction were not faulty. 

The junction had been designed with the requirement that motorists, motorcycle riders and cyclists would exercise some caution when deciding whether or not it was safe to make a right-hand turn at that point. Therefore Mr Taylor’s claim was denied.

Call Legal Expert today to have your claim assessed. If we can see that you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation we shall provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to handle your claim.

Faulty Traffic Lights Car Accident Compensation Calculator

If you have suffered an injury because of a car accident caused by faulty traffic lights, you may be curious to know how much compensation you could be owed. 

Some people use online accident claims calculators to help determine how much compensation they could recover. However, these calculators are not always accurate.

Instead, you can use our compensation table below to estimate how much compensation you could receive in general damages (compensation that is paid out for physical and psychological the harm caused by your injuries). The compensation amounts below are based on the Judicial College guidelines.

Type Of InjurySettlementInformation
Foot - Very Severe£78,800 to £102,890Injuries falling within this bracket cause severe and permanent levels of pain or serious and permanent levels of disability. This could include a traumatic forefoot amputation.
Foot - Severe£39,390 to £65,710This might present as both heels being fractures and where mobility is restricted. There could also be severe and unusual injuries to a single foot.
Toe - Serious£9,010 to £12,900Serious toe injuries will affect or crush the great toe, or will cause multiple crush fractures. The claimant will be left with permanent levels of disability.
Toe - ModerateUp to £9,010Uncomplicated or ‘straightforward’ fractures of a toe, or existing injuries being made worse.
Traumatic Digestive System Injury£40,370 to £58,100Severe and traumatic injuries which lead to a continuing level of discomfort.
Kidney Injuries£158,970 to £197,480Permanent and serious injury or the loss of both kidneys.
Total Loss Of An Eye£51,460 to £61,690How much will or could be awarded depends on the age of the claimant as well as the overall cosmetic effect and the psychiatric consequences caused.
Transient Eye Injuries£2,070 to £3,710A full recovery should be made within a few weeks.

Alternatively, call Legal Expert today to speak to a claims advisor. We can provide you with an accurate quote about how much compensation you could receive for a faulty traffic light car accident claim.

How Special Damages Could Compensate You

If your claim has been successful you may also receive special damages for your injuries. Special damages will compensate you for any costs you have incurred due to your traffic light accident.

Your expenses could include the following:

  • Travel expenses.
  • Medical costs including prescription costs, rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
  • Loss of earnings and future earnings.
  • Household assistance.
  • Home or car adaptation.
  • Costs of vehicle repairs.

If you wish to make a faulty traffic light car accident claim and want to ask, “Am I eligible to claim?” call Legal Expert today.

No Win No Fee Faulty Traffic Light Car Accident Claims

If you wish to make a faulty traffic light car accident claim, Legal Expert can handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.  This means that if the case fails, you won’t have to pay any of your lawyers fees. You won’t have to pay an upfront fee either, nor any ongoing fees. 

Instead, you will be charged a small success fee if they win your claim, which would be deducted from the compensation award. This means that there is less financial risk involved on your part. 

For many of our clients, opting for a No Win No Fee claim is the more secure and affordable way to have their road traffic accident claim handled.

Why Make Your Faulty Traffic Light Accident Claim With Us?

If you wish to claim compensation for injuries caused by a faulty traffic light, we can help. If you choose Legal Expert to handle your claim, we can offer you the following benefits:

  • Have your claim handled on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that we won’t charge you an upfront fee for your claim, and if the case fails, you can walk away without paying a penny.
  • Our solicitors have decades of experience working on personal injury claims.
  • Your claim will be valued accurately and your solicitor will fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation you could be entitled to.
  • You will be kept fully informed of all progress, and if you have a query, your solicitor will be on hand to take your call.

Begin A Faulty Traffic Light Car Accident Claim

If you have suffered an injury in a faulty traffic light car accident, you may be eligible to claim compensation. You can get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. 

  • Call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804 to begin your claim. 
  • Alternatively use this online claims form to reach us today.
  • Or send us a message using our live chat feature.

Quick Essential References

We hope you have found our guide to making a faulty traffic light claim useful. You may also find these other guides helpful.

Whiplash Compensation Calculator – 2020

Pedestrian Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

Hit And Run Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

External guides

Report A Problem With A Traffic Light

Contact Transport For London About Streets And Road Issues


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