According to figures issued by the Highways Agency, more than 22,000 so-called ‘road impact accidents’ took place because of objects that had fallen from vehicles in 2013 alone. The worst-case scenario would be for someone to be involved in an accident because an object hit their car or because they hit the object or swerved to avoid it, hitting something else instead. However even when the initial impact is avoided, many drivers may suddenly find they have to avoid something in the road – something they would not expect to be there.
In 2013, 2,000 prohibitions were issued to vehicles that did not have their load properly secured and were therefore a safety risk to other road users. At best a load that has been shed on the road delays other road users. At worst it can cause a serious accident. If someone is injured in such circumstances they could potentially sue the person who caused the accident to happen.
What kinds of goods falling from vehicles can cause damage?
Really, a wide range of goods falling from vehicles have the potential to cause harm. Even if something dropped onto the road in front of you and you managed to avoid it, you might hit another car or end up going off the road as a result. Either outcome could result in injuries to you or someone else.
Accident Advice Helpline has heard from those who have been in this situation and who have been injured because of it. This can be a tough situation to deal with, receiving an injury through no fault of your own when someone else was responsible. Compensation claims may be successful in many of these cases, depending on the circumstances.
How to avoid anything falling from a vehicle
It is always a good idea to keep a safe distance from any vehicle. The Highway Code has clear guidance on how far you should be from any vehicle depending on the road conditions in order for you to be able to stop safely. You should perhaps give extra room to anything with a load of some kind, just in case.
Have you already been injured in a similar accident? Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to determine whether a no win, no fee claim could be a possibility. Our friendly advisers are standing by to speak with you.
Source: AIC Trade Assurance
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen