Whilst there is evidence to suggest that roundabouts actually reduce car crashes, hundreds of accidents still occur on roundabouts across the UK every year, and there are a number of reasons for this. As drivers approach a roundabout they may start focusing on traffic approaching from other directions, rather than concentrating on the vehicle in front.
This could lead to tailgating and a rear-end collision, which could leave you with minor or serious injuries. Traffic jams on roundabouts are another major cause of accidents, and a crash on a roundabout could easily occur if drivers are impatient and try to squeeze their way around congestion to get to their destination.
For those who have been injured in a crash on a roundabout, claiming personal injury compensation is one option that’s open to you, and Accident Advice Helpline has 15 years’ experience helping people with their claims. We’ve been endorsed by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen, so you can be sure you’ll receive the very best customer service from us.
How do roundabout crashes happen?
Some of the most common causes of roundabout crashes include:
- Tailgating (driving too close to the vehicle in front)
- Ignoring a red light
- Speeding and failing to slow down at the roundabout
- Not giving way to oncoming traffic or failing to pay attention to oncoming traffic
- Driving the wrong way around the roundabout (this does happen)
If you’re injured in a roundabout crash, you could escape with cuts, bruises or whiplash if you are involved in a collision at slow speeds or whilst stationary and waiting in traffic. If you are hit by a vehicle travelling at high speed, you could suffer more serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries or brain injuries or even severe crush injuries which could lead to permanent disability.
Should you make a claim?
You’re perfectly entitled to claim personal injury compensation if a dangerous driver has caused your accident. Whether you’ve taken a few weeks off work for whiplash or have been left permanently disabled after a serious collision, we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for confidential, no-obligation advice from our team of personal injury advisers or take the 30-second test on our website to see how much compensation you could be entitled to claim.
Remember though, there’s a three-year time limit in place to make a personal injury claim, so it’s a good idea to get in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton