Advice On Claims For An Accident Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights

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. Call Advice.co.uk 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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A Guide To Claims For An Accident Caused By A Faulty Traffic Light

Other parties owe us a duty of care when we use the roads. This means that it is their responsibility to conduct their activities in a manner that upholds the health and safety of others. For example, drivers owe a duty of care to other people using the road. Therefore they must follow the rules of the road and drive safely. Councils and highway agencies owe road users a duty of care. They must make sure that the roads, traffic lights, crossing and road signs are adequately maintained.

If a driver breaks the rules of the road, or a council does not maintain the roads to adequate standards this breaches their duty of care and is negligence. If the negligence causes a road traffic accident, the party at fault could be held liable (legally responsible) for any injuries, vehicle damages or property damage caused. They may have to pay compensation to those affected.

Also, it is vital that those who are responsible for the maintenance of traffic lights ensure they are maintained to a good standard. Therefore if they fail to maintain the traffic lights and they deteriorate becoming faulty this could cause an accident. If this is proven to be the case anyone injured by the faulty traffic light could have a cause to claim compensation.

So, if you have been injured in a traffic light malfunction accident, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Moreover, if you can prove that those responsible for the maintenance of the traffic lights have acted in a negligent manner you could make a personal injury claim for any injuries suffered. Who you would claim against would depend on different factors.

How this guide can help you

In this guide, we will offer you advice on how to claim compensation for an accident caused by faulty traffic lights. We will answer questions you may have such as, “Can you sue someone for running a red light?”. And we will explain how to prove you didn’t run a red light in an accident at the traffic lights. We will also look at how to make a compensation claim for any injuries caused by your accident.

To begin your claim for compensation call Advice.co.uk right now to speak to an advisor or fill out our online compensation claims form. Alternatively, continue reading this guide to learn more.

Calculating 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.

Injury SufferedDegree Of InjuryEstimated CompensationComments
Neck InjuriesModerate 1£23,460 - £36,120A fracture or dislocation of the neck area.
Neck InjuriesModerate 2£12,900 - £23,460Wrenching injuries causing damage to the neck. May be consistent with whiplash.
Neck InjuriesModerate 3£7,410 - £12,900Where existing injuries have been exacerbated.
Shoulder InjuriesSevere£18,020 - £45,070Shoulder injuries which may be associated with or which may accompany shoulder injuries.
Shoulder InjuriesSerious£11,980 - £18,020Dislocated shoulder injuries or other injuries affecting the joint and surrounding tissues.
Shoulder InjuriesModerate£7,410 - £11,980Similar to or including frozen shoulder injuries.
Facial DisfigurementLess Severe Scarring£16,860 - £45,440Significant and substantial scars which cause psychological and physical symptoms.
Facial DisfigurementSignificant Scarring£8,550 - £28,240The most severe effects can be corrected by plastic surgery.

Therefore, the table below does not include special damages compensation amounts. For a rough estimate of how much compensation you could be owed, call Advice.co.uk and we can calculate the compensation payout you could claim, depending on your personal circumstances.

Types Of Special Damages For Road Traffic Accidents

If you go on to make a successful claim you could be awarded two Heads of Loss. Therefore, these are as follows:

General Damages:

General damages are compensation for the pain and harmful effects of your injuries. They take into account the suffering, pain and loss of amenity caused by your injuries.

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.

What Is An Accident Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights?

Traffic lights are coloured lights that direct traffic at road junctions, intersections, on dual carriageways and at controlled roundabouts. They are timed to stop one stream of traffic, allowing the other to pass safely. A computerised system usually controls the timing. Therefore, if there is a faulty traffic light, a driver may believe that they are supposed to drive forward when they are not. This could cause a collision between two or more road users. Or one vehicle could swerve to avoid the other, causing an accident. If there is a broken traffic light, a driver may become confused and not know what to do. The driver may drive forward when they are not supposed to and hit another vehicle.

Traffic lights are also used at pedestrian crossings to stop the traffic at timed intervals, allowing pedestrians to cross the road safely. Therefore, if the pedestrian believes that they can cross safely and a driver believes they don’t have to stop for pedestrians, an accident caused by a faulty traffic light or broken traffic light can happen. If this occurs a driver may hit a pedestrian, potentially causing life-changing injuries.

Who Is Responsible For Maintaining Traffic Lights?

There are different parties that will be responsible for maintaining traffic lights. If you see a traffic light that you think is faulty or broken, you can use the link. If you are on foot or riding a bike and see a traffic light that you believe is faulty or broken do not touch it or try to repair it yourself, as you may be electrocuted.

Responsibility Accidents Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights

If a traffic light malfunction accident or an accident caused by broken traffic lights takes place who is at fault? Depending on who is responsible in that area for the maintenance of the traffic lights, they could be held liable for injuries caused when traffic lights malfunction.

Just because traffic lights are faulty and cause an accident resulting in injuries may not automatically mean a compensation claim will be valid. If those responsible for the functioning of traffic lights did not receive a report that there are broken traffic lights or faulty traffic lights, they may not be held liable for any accident that occurs. However,  if they do receive reports of a broken traffic light and it cannot be repaired immediately they should put up signage to warn drivers of this hazard. Failure to do means that they may be held liable for any car accidents that occur as a result.

If you are not entirely sure if your accident caused by faulty traffic lights entitles you to claim for the injuries you have suffered call our claims team. Not only can they assess your case for free but they could also tell you who may be the liable party.

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.

Who Is Responsible If A Cyclist Is Hit At Traffic Lights?

If a cyclist is hit at traffic lights that are malfunctioning or broken, who is at fault? Fault will be determined by who made an error. The accident may have occurred because the traffic lights were faulty and the wrong signal was given to a driver, which means that they drove through a crossing or intersection at the wrong time and hit a cyclist. The driver may not be responsible as far as they were aware they had the right of way.

Therefore the same can be said if the cyclist hit a vehicle or pedestrian. They may not be responsible as they too may have thought they had the right of way. They may assume the way is clear and ride onwards into oncoming traffic. Such cases can be difficult to prove that is why we always advise seeking legal assistance. A solicitor could thoroughly investigate the case to ensure who the liable party is.

Call our advisors today. Through a no-obligation consultation with our claims team, they will review your case. When the consultation is ended they may be able to advise who was liable for that accident that caused your injures.

What Do You Do At A Malfunctioning Traffic Light?

Broken and malfunctioning traffic lights are dangerous. If traffic lights are not working properly, they can mislead drivers and cyclists and pedestrians about when it is safe to cross a junction or crossing. This can potentially cause an accident. Always drive very careful if you approach a traffic light that you believe is faulty. Let’s look at what steps you can do to cross a faulty traffic light safely.

  1. Stop. You will need to stop at the faulty traffic lights and assess the situation. Enter the junction, intersection or controlled roundabout as you would if it was not controlled by traffic lights. So approach the junction or crossing with extreme caution. You may wish to lower your window to see if you can hear any traffic approaching.
  2. Use your common sense. The rules of the road state that drivers must always stop for red lights. Does running a red light have a penalty? Yes. The minimum penalty for running a red light is having 3 points deducted from your driving licence and a £100 fine.
  3. Report it. It is important that you report a broken traffic light as soon as it is safe to do so, so it can be repaired before an accident happens. How do you report a broken traffic light in the UK? You can use this link to report a faulty traffic light.

If you have been involved in a car accident caused by faulty traffic lights, how do you prove that you didn’t run a red light in an accident? If you report that a traffic light was not working, this can be used as evidence to prove that you were not at fault.

Report A Problem With A Traffic Light

If you encounter a malfunctioning or faulty traffic light it is important that you report it as soon as it is safe to do so. If the traffic light is not repaired, an accident can occur which could cause severe injuries or even death. In Northern Ireland, you should report the faulty traffic light to the Department for Infrastructure.

You can also report the broken traffic light to your local authorities. How do you report a broken temporary traffic light? You should also contact the highways agency for your country. If you pass a traffic light that appears to be faulty, please don’t try to repair it or touch it for any other reason. There is a risk of electric shock. Instead, report the fault and the highways agency can repair it safely.

No Win No Fee Claims For An Accident Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights

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.

Talk To A Claims Expert

If you have been injured because of a road traffic accident caused by faulty traffic lights, Advice.co.uk can offer a free assessment of your case.

To begin your compensation claim reach out to Advice.co.uk 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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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.

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You may also find these online resources helpful.

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