Traffic lights are programmed to work in a sequence that will allow vehicles to pass through a junction safely without colliding. That’s the whole point of them. Lights at pedestrian crossings are designed to allow pedestrians enough time to cross a road before allowing vehicles to pass. Normally, this system works very well indeed, with all parties involved in the process remaining uninjured.
But what happens when traffic lights or pedestrian crossings go wrong? If they malfunction, or have been poorly programmed, there could be a chance that a road user or pedestrian might be put at risk of being injured in an accident that he or she was not to blame for.
This may be more likely to occur when temporary traffic lights are in use, as there will be a higher chance that these will have been reprogrammed incorrectly from their previous use.
Regardless of whether you’ve been hurt in a traffic light or pedestrian crossing accident caused by malfunction or programming error, there will be a chance that you might be able to take personal injury action against your local council or the company responsible for the lights in question with the help of a top 100% no win no fee solicitor in Huddersfield.
Failed traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and solicitors in Huddersfield
Faulty or malfunctioning traffic lights or pedestrian crossings will be more of a risk at times of poor visibility or at night, but can be dangerous at any time. Imagine that you came up against a set of road works situated on a large bend in a major road.
The light turns green and you start to accelerate. As you do so, and without warning, another vehicle comes the other way and before you’ve had a chance to take evasive action you smash into the front of it. You suffer a nasty case of whiplash as a consequence. It appears that the light sequence was not set properly, allowing cars to go at one end before those coming from the other had had a chance to clear the single lane stretch.
Perhaps you were at a pedestrian crossing late at night in a nasty storm. Visibility is poor, but you need to make your way home. You press the button and when the green man shows himself you make your way across to the other side. Suddenly, a cyclist hits you. It transpired that the lights were faulty and had failed to stop the traffic despite telling you it was safe to cross.
In both of these scenarios, you might be able to use the services of a decent solicitor in Huddersfield such as Accident Advice Helpline to sue for compensation from whoever was responsible for the lights.
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Date Published: 7th April 2014
Author: David Brown