Roundabout Accident Claim *
Roundabout accidents * occur when 2 or more vehicles collide when entering or while navigating a roundabout. Claims for accidents on a roundabout are made in cases where you can prove that the other driver was negligent or at fault for the accident. To safely navigate a roundabout a driver must be aware of their surroundings using good judgement and obey the rules of the road. In instances where the rules of the road are disregarded it can increase the risk of a car accident *.
Rules of the roundabout
Roundabouts are put in place to reduce traffic delays and minimise the risk of collisions. The rules of the road state that drivers who are already on the road have priority. Collisions can happen when a driver does not check for oncoming traffic. The Road Safety Authorities (RSA) details the rules of the roundabout using a ‘clock system’ which will help driver to avoid collisions:
- When taking any exit from the 6 o’clock to the 12 o’clock position, motorists should generally approach in the left-hand lane.
- If taking any exit between the 12 o’clock to the 6 o’clock positions, motorists should approach in the right-hand lane.
- Follow any road markings or signs that are applicable to you.
- Keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change to the left lane and exit the roundabout. Signal left after you have passed the exit and are nearing closer to the desired turnoff.
Some of the common injuries sustained from a roundabout accident claim include:
Common Accidents *
Many accidents occur when a driver is inexperienced or does not understand how to enter a roundabout correctly. Common accidents on a roundabout are:
- Collisions when entering – the vehicle entering the roundabout fails to yield to oncoming traffic and causes an accident
- Sideswipe accidents – a vehicle misjudges the curve of the roundabout and veers into the wrong lane and collides with another vehicle
- Rear-end accidents – when a driver in front slows down unexpectedly, it can cause the driver behind to collide with their vehicle.
- Collisions when exiting – when a vehicle tries to exit the roundabout and cuts another vehicle off causing an accident.
What to do if you’re involved in a collision
Seek medical attention
No matter how minor you think the collision was, it is highly advisable to seek medical attention immediately after the incident. This will ensure that any internal injuries can be assessed. Any treatment administered with your consent should be documented for referral.
Gather information from the other party
It is necessary to exchange information with the other party involved in the collision. This will be of benefit in the claims process. To follow protocol, it is recommended that the Gardaí no matter how minor the accident may be. When exchanging information there are a few details that should be included:
- Details of the other party: name, address, contact information, vehicle registration number and vehicle insurance information.
- Name and contact details of any emergency service workers who attended the scene of the accident.
- Time and date of the accident
- Weather conditions at the time.
- Check if there is any CCTV in operation that may have captured the accident
In some circumstances it can be difficult to determine where liability lies in a roundabout accident claim *. For this reason, it is important to collect any evidence that may assist in showing which party were negligent in their duties. If there were any people who witnessed the collision their contact details should be noted. Any photographic evidence of when the accident occurred should be obtained along with any CCTV footage. This will provide a better understanding of how the collision occurred. Once these steps have been followed you can discuss your situation with a solicitor to figure out what is the most suitable option for you to pursue.
Contact a car accident solicitor *
Navigating the legal route can be confusing for somebody who has not experienced it before. Speaking with a solicitor can greatly increase the time you spend on the claims process on ensure that you gather the correct information and take the rights steps and the right time.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
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