Advice On Claims For An Accident Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights

By Jo Caine. Last Updated 24th January 2024. If you have been injured because of an accident caused by faulty traffic lights, the party that was responsible for your injuries may owe you compensation. Claiming compensation for a car accident caused by traffic lights can be complicated. In order to make a personal injury claim for harm caused this way, you must be able to demonstrate the negligence of a third party that owed you a duty of care.

Fortunately, Advice.co.uk can help you by assessing your case for free in a no-obligation chat. Our advisors can offer you free legal advice on making a compensation claim for an accident caused by a faulty traffic light. If we can see that you have grounds to claim compensation, we can offer to connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. If they agree to take on your case they will handle it on a No Win No Fee basis.

Accident caused by faulty traffic lights claims guide

Accident caused by faulty traffic lights claims guide

There are several ways you can contact our claims team. The advice they provide is free and there is no obligation to continue with any other services after you received answers to your questions. So to have your case reviewed with any evidence you have, contact our advisors using the methods that follow. Contact us on 0161 696 9685 to speak to a claims advisor. Alternatively, use our online accident claims form to contact us in writing.

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  1. Compensation For An Accident Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights
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  3. Time Limit For Making A Road Traffic Accident Claim
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Compensation For An Accident Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights

Rather than providing a personal injury compensation calculator, we have chosen to use a compensation table. While online tools such as calculators can be effective they may not produce the overall picture. Instead, we have taken figures from the Judicial College Guidelines.  The JCG is a publication legal professional may use to put amounts on injuries. Please note that the figures are reflective of general damages. General damages are just one part of a compensation settlement.

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Injury Severity Information Compensation Guideline/Tariff
Multiple Severe Injuries and Special Damages Very Serious Settlements may compensate for multiple very serious injuries and related expenses, such as nursing and home help, plus lost earnings. Up to £1,000,000+
Brain Damage Very Severe Full time nursing will be required to cope with symptoms caused by very severe brain damage. These include little to no environmental responses, double incontinence and no language functions. £282,010 to £403,990
Arm Injuries Severe The claimant’s injuries fall short of amputation but are still extremely serious and leave them little better off than had the arm been amputated. £96,160 to £130,930
Neck Injuries Severe (ii) The injured party will suffer considerably severe disabilities due to serious fractures or disc damage in the cervical spine. £65,740 to £130,930
Leg Injuries – Severe Very Serious (ii) These injuries result in permanent mobility problems. £54,830 to £87,890
Back Injuries Severe (iii) The claimant suffers disabilities, including continuing severe pain and discomfort, agility impairments, impaired sexual function, depression and personality changes, alcoholism, unemployability and arthritis risks from disc lesions, fractures or soft tissue injuries. £38,780 to £69,730
Shoulder Injuries Severe Significant disability occurs as a result of damage to the brachial plexus. £19,200 to £48,030
Knee Injuries Severe (iii) Continuing symptoms, such as pain and discomfort, movement limitations, instability or deformity and risks of degenerative changes due to damage to kneecap, ligamentous or meniscal injury or muscle wasting. £26,190 to £43,460
Whiplash Tariff Whiplash and Minor Psychological Injuries The claimant suffers symptoms associated with whiplash and minor psychological damage for longer than 18 months but less than two years. £4,345
Whiplash Tariff Whiplash Without Psychological Injuries The claimant suffers with the symptoms of whiplash for longer than 18 months but these symptoms resolve within two years. £4,215

Special Damages

Injured people are also paid special damages. This is compensation to reimburse them for any expenses incurred because of your injuries. How do lawyers calculate compensation for special damages? The claimant’s lawyers will look at past expenses incurred and will predict future expenses. This could be the cost of ongoing medical care, for example.

Special damages are often paid out to cover the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Care expenses
  • Car repair and replacement vehicle expenses

If a disability was caused the claimant can receive funds to pay for mobility equipment and home adaptation expenses.

Whiplash Reforms

The Whiplash Reform Programme changed the way certain car accident compensation claims are made in England and Wales. The reforms apply to drivers or passengers injured in a motor vehicle who are aged 18 and over with injuries valued at £5,000 or less.

If you suffered whiplash in a faulty traffic light accident, your injury will be valued in accordance with the fixed tariff set out in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. Any additional injuries that are not covered by this tariff will be valued in the traditional manner.

If you would like to discuss how accidents caused by faulty traffic lights are valued, please get in touch with a member of our advisory team today.

Responsibility For Accidents Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights

If you suffered an injury in a faulty traffic light accident, you might like to know whether or not you are eligible for compensation and, if so, who you make a claim against.

While using the roads, all users, including drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorbike riders, owe each other a duty of care. This means that they must use the roads in a way that prevents causing injury or damage to others as well as themselves. As part of upholding this duty, anyone who uses the roads must adhere to any relevant rules and regulations set out in the Highway Code as well as the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Rule 176 of the Highway Code sets out the specific regulations about what to do as a road user if you come across faulty traffic lights. It states if they are not working, then you must treat the situation as you would with an unmarked junction and proceed with great care.

To make a car accident claim against another driver, you must be able to prove that the other driver owed you a duty of care and when they breached this, you sustained an injury as a result.

However, a faulty traffic light accident may not have been caused by another road user. In these cases, who was responsible for the traffic light will be who you claim compensation against.

The Highways Act 1980 states that the local highway authority is responsible for maintaining the roads to a standard that is reasonably safe. The type of road the traffic light is on decides who is responsible for maintaining it. For example, Highways England is responsible for ensuring A roads and highways are properly maintained, whereas the local council is responsible for B roads. If you would like to claim compensation for your injuries in this case, you must be able to prove that a breach in a duty of care that was owed to you caused these injuries.

In either case, you will need to be able to identify who was liable for the faulty traffic light accident because this is who you will launch your claim against.

What if I was at fault?

Sometimes our clients ask us, “Can I claim if the accident was my fault?” If you were injured in an accident at faulty traffic lights where you were also partially to blame, you may be able to make a split liability claim. If your claim is successful, you receive a smaller amount of compensation than you would otherwise have received. The amount of compensation paid out, will be proportionate to how liable the other party is for your injuries.

If you have been injured in a broken or malfunctioning traffic light accident call Advice.co.uk today for free legal advice about claiming compensation.

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Time Limit For Making A Road Traffic Accident Claim

If you are eligible to claim for an injury sustained in a road traffic accident due to faulty traffic lights, you will need to be mindful of how long you have to file your claim. The time limit for making a personal injury claim is three years from the date of the accident, as stated under the Limitation Act 1980.

However, there are some exceptions to this. For example, if a minor were injured in an accident at traffic lights, they would not be able to claim for themselves until they turn 18. Therefore, the limitation period would be paused until this date. However, during the time in which the limitation period is paused, a litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf. If no claim is made for them by their 18th birthday, they will have three years from that date to start one.

To learn more about the other exceptions to the personal injury claim time limit or to see if you could be eligible to make a claim, you can contact an advisor at any time.

No Win No Fee Faulty Traffic Light Accident Claims

If you have been injured in an accident caused by traffic light malfunction, Advice.co.uk can offer you free legal advice. If our claims team can see that you have legitimate grounds to make a claim they could connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. importantly any case they take on will be conducted on a No Win No Fee basis. But what does this mean?

This means that you will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement that states that you will only have to pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your compensation claim. You will not be charged upfront or hourly legal fee. Therefore, this can be a more affordable way to hire a solicitor for many people.

What’s more, there is less financial risk involved. Moreover, in the unlikely event that you do not win your case, you will not have to pay a success fee. So, to see if a solicitor could be funded on a No Win No fee basis for your case call our claims team today.

To begin your compensation claim reach out to us for your free consultation using the contact details below:

  • Use our Live Support widget to speak to a claims advisor.
  • Use our accident claims form to contact us in writing and we will call you back.
  • Call us on 0161 696 9685.

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More Information

We hope that you have found this guide about accidents caused by faulty traffic lights helpful. If you want to know more about making a car accident compensation claim, please feel free to read these guides.

You may also find these online resources helpful.