UK solicitor explains the similarities and distinctions between personal injury claims for vehicle crashes on a roundabout and a mini roundabout
The Highway code in the UK states that a mini roundabout should be treated as though it were a permanent roundabout so proper signals on entry and exit should be equally observed and a vehicle about to enter a roundabout should give way to vehicles on the right that have already entered the roundabout.
To determine legal responsibility there are however some practical distinctions:
1. Roundabout lanes
Permanent roundabouts will often have clearly marked separate lanes passing around the roundabout so car drivers using the roundabout should be careful to observe the lanes correctly, give clear signals of an intention to change lanes and ensure that other vehicles priority is observed.
Mini roundabouts tend to be smaller with only one lane so often showing who is at fault on a mini roundabout is clearer.
2. Mounting a mini roundabout
It is very rare that a vehicle will drive over a permanent roundabout, but for mini roundabouts this can be a regular occurrence. Generally speaking mounting a mini roundabout is not permitted, but larger vehicles such as a truck might have to due to its sheer size.
A crash caused by a car taking a short cut over a mini roundabout will often more often lead to liability of the driver who has performed the illegal manoeuvre.