This guide will explain when you may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation for a one-way street crash. If a road user travels the wrong way down a one-way street, this could cause a head-on collision. Also, other examples of dangerous driving or hazardous conditions on a one-way road could cause an accident. Injuries sustained in a road traffic accident could be very severe and greatly impact your quality of life. For these impacts, you could be eligible to pursue compensation.
Road users owe one another a duty of care to safely navigate the roads. If a road user breaches this duty, it could cause an accident that results in serious psychological and physical injuries. This is the definition of negligence, for which a personal injury claim could be made.
As we move through this guide, we will explain what a road user’s duty of care entails, how it could be breached and how compensation is calculated for road traffic accident claims. What’s more, we will explain how the use of a No Win No Fee car accident injury claim solicitor could benefit you and your claim.
Please contact our team at Public Interest Lawyers with any enquiries. Our advisors are available all day, every day, to provide legal advice regarding your claim. Their services are both free and confidential.
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- What Is A One-Way Street Crash?
- Payouts For A One-Way Street Accident Claim
- How Do The Whiplash Reforms Work?
- Types Of Injuries From A One-Way Street Crash
- How To Claim For A One-Way Street Crash
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A one-way street is a road where traffic can only travel in one direction. A potential one-way street crash could happen due to various causes; for example, a speeding driver could rear-end the driver in front of them.
To avoid injuries on the road, it is important that road users uphold their duty of care to one another. This is outlined in the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA). It states how road users must navigate the roads safely. Additionally to this, The Highway Code outlines rules and guidelines for road users to adhere to, many of which are backed by laws. Under the Highway Code Rule 143, drivers must follow signs and travel in the direction indicated on a one-way road.
Ways in which a driver could breach their duty of care include:
- Driving at a speed exceeding the legal limit.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Not stopping at a red light.
- Failing to carry out the appropriate checks when pulling onto a main road.
If a road user breached their duty of care, causing a one-way street crash in which you were injured, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Contact a member of our team for more information.
A successful road traffic accident claim for injuries sustained in a one-way street crash can involve a compensation payout made up of two potential heads:
- Firstly, you could receive a payment under general damages for the physical and mental pain and suffering your injuries caused. This would consider their negative impacts on your quality of life.
- Secondly, you could receive a payment under special damages for past and future monetary losses resulting from your injuries. This could include loss of earnings and travel costs paid to get to medical appointments. In support of a claim under special damages, you must provide evidence of your losses, such as payslips or travel tickets.
The table below lists guideline compensation brackets for different injuries that could be sustained in a road traffic accident. Some of these are taken from the 16th edition of the Judicial College guidelines (JCG), a document that personal injury solicitors can use to help them value the general damages head of a compensation claim.
|Brain Damage – Very Severe (a)
|The injury means that the person will require full time care and will show no, or little, evidence of a meaningful response to their environment.
|£282,010 to £403,990
|Brain Damage – Moderate (c)(i)
|The injury leaves the person with no prospect of employment. They will have changes to their personality and a moderate to severe intellectual deficit.
|£150,110 to £219,070
|Back Injuries – Severe (a)(i)
|This bracket includes some of the most severe back injuries involving damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord. This will result in a combination of consequences that are very serious.
|£91,090 to £160,980
|Back Injuries – Severe (a)(ii)
|Injuries within this bracket will involve special features. These features can include damage to nerve roots alongside loss of sensation, sexual difficulties and further problems.
|£74,160 to £88,430
|Neck Injuries – Severe (a)(i)
|An injury within this bracket may lead to permanent spastic quadriparesis or be associated with incomplete paraplegia.
|In the region of £148,330
|Neck Injuries – Severe (a)(iii)
|Injuries resulting in fractures, dislocations, severe soft tissue damage and/or ruptured tendons causing chronic conditions and permanent significant disability.
|£45,470 to £55,990
|Facial Injuries (a)
|Le Fort fractures of the front facial bones.
|£23,810 to £36,740
|One or More Whiplash Injuries and One or More Minor Psychological Injuries
|Lasting over 18 months but no longer than 24 months.
|One or More Whiplash Injuries
|Lasting over 15 months but no longer than 18 months.
|One or More Whiplash Injuries
|Lasting over 12 months but no longer than 15 months.
Please note that if your claim succeeds, the amount of compensation you may receive under general damages can differ. These figures should be considered as a guide.
If you contact one of our advisors, they could provide you with an estimate of the personal injury compensation that you may be eligible to receive. Additionally, you may consider using a car accident compensation claim calculator for an estimate tailored to the details of your case.
The process of claiming compensation for whiplash injuries following a road traffic accident changed as of May 31st 2021. The Whiplash Reform Programme was introduced, meaning an adult driver or passenger making an injury claim valued at £5,000 or less must now use the Official Injury Claims portal the government provides. Additionally, whiplash injuries will be valued per the whiplash tariff in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021.
If you have additional injuries to whiplash that bring the total injury value over £5000, you will make your claim traditionally. However, for your whiplash injuries, the tariffs will still apply. This does not apply to cyclists, pedestrians or motorbike users.
Call our team at Public Interest Lawyers for more information on how these changes to whiplash claims may impact your case.
A one-way street crash could result in various injuries. Below we will provide some examples of injuries you could sustain in a road traffic accident:
- A head injury or brain injury
- A neck or spinal cord injury
- Broken or fractured bones
- Sprains, strains or whiplash
- Fatal injuries
To discuss a car accident compensation claim toady, please speak to a member of our team.
You could claim compensation if you were injured in a one-way street crash because another road user breached their duty of care. To strengthen your personal injury claim, you could obtain the following evidence to prove negligence:
- Medical records
- CCTV footage
- Dashcam footage
- Witness contact details
We also recommend that you seek legal advice. Our team of advisors are available 24/7 to offer insight and guidance on making a personal injury claim.
Our advisors have access to a panel of personal injury solicitors. If they find that you meet the eligibility criteria to make a claim, they could put you in correspondence with one of these solicitors.
What’s more, you could receive an offer to enter into a type of No Win No Fee arrangement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This could help you access the services a solicitor provides, as it would remove upfront and ongoing payments for their services. Additionally, you wouldn’t make any payments if your claim is unsuccessful.
On the other hand, a successful personal injury claim will mean that a solicitor operating under the terms of a CFA can deduct a small percentage of the compensation. The legislation caps this amount, which is known as a success fee.
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Related Car Crash Claims Guides
Explore more of our guides on claiming compensation following a car accident:
- Road Accident Compensation – Traffic Accident Claims
- Vulnerable Road User Accident Claims
- Car Accident Compensation Claims For Crashes On A Public Road Guide
Please also take a look at these external pages:
- NHS – When to call 999
- GOV.UK – Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- GOV.UK – Road accidents and safety statistics
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide to claiming personal injury compensation following a one-way street crash.