Accidents at Mini-Roundabouts

Mini-roundabouts were introduced to our roads during the early 1970s to improve safety at road junctions and also reduce delays for traffic queuing on side roads.

There are estimated to be about 5,000 mini-roundabouts on our roads.Ai??Local authorities are now using mini-roundabouts as a speed reducing feature in neighbourhoods where there are traffic-calming measures.

Paragraph 188 of The Highway Code states that mini-roundabouts should be used in the same way as a normal roundabout.Ai??All vehicles must pass round the central white marking of the mini-roundabout, except large vehicles which are physically incapable of doing so.Ai??Vehicles entering the junction must give-way to vehicles approaching from the right.

It is surprising how many car drivers make no attempt to reduce their speed and ebay orlistat, buy ondansetron online. travel round the white central marking of the mini-roundabout, simply travelling directly across the white marking as if the mini-roundabout did not exist.

Road traffic accidents will happen if drivers ignore The Highway Code and the road signs and give-way signs that are part of the mini-roundabout.

Mr Julian Starks made an accident compensation claim against the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire after a police car crashed into his car whilst he was buy levitra online australia. driving his car and turning right on a mini-roundabout in Stevenage.

Mr Starks had entered the mini-roundabout before the police car, however the police car, that was approaching at a faster speed from Mr Starksai??i?? is there a generic antabuse. right, collided into Mr Starkai??i??s car whilst it was turning right on the mini-roundabout.

The Court of Appeal noted that The Highway Code states that a driver arriving generic viagra online free shipping. at a roundabout should give priority to traffic approaching from the right.Ai??However, the Court of Appeal said that it was important that any driver approaching a mini-roundabout should do so at a safe speed which enables the driver to stop if necessary.

The Court of Appeal decided that the accident occurred because the police officer ignored the fact that the junction was a mini-roundabout and just travelled straight across the white central marking and made no attempt to travel round the mini-roundabout.Ai??In addition, the police officer was travelling at an excessive speed.Ai??Although the mini-roundabout was at the junction of a road that had a 40 mph speed limit, for reasons of safety, whilst using the mini-roundabout the police car should have been travelling at a maximum of 20 mph.

Taking all of the circumstances of the accident into account, the Court of Appeal decided that the police officer was 65% responsible for the accident and Mr Starks was 35% responsible because he entered the mini-roundabout when it was not safe to due to the approaching police car.Ai??Consequently, the amount of compensation paid to Mr Starks was reduced by 35% in accordance with his responsibility for the accident.

The Court of Appealai??i??s decision in Starks v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire