Road traffic accidents are frightening at the best of times, but HGV accidents be substantially more terrifying. As HGVs are so heavy, large and powerful, the severity of road accidents is often much greater and this can result in devastating injuries and even loss of life.
HGV drivers are likely to be involved in the same type of collisions on the road as car drivers, however, the size and weight of the vehicle often means that the implications are more serious. Common causes of HGV accidents include:
- Human error: this includes speeding, failing to look properly, failing to spot other motorists, cyclists or pedestrians, drink driving and tailgating.
- Fatigue: HGV workers often work long hours and complete long journeys, which can be mundane, especially if there is heavy traffic. Fatigue and tiredness reduce reaction time and impair concentration and focus, increasing the risk of a road accident.
- Strong winds: high-sided vehicles are likely to be affected by strong winds and HGV drivers are advised to watch out for warning signs on the roads and take extra care when the wind is strong.
- Bridge collisions: HGV drivers are advised to take extra care when travelling under bridges and to check the height of the vehicle against the height of the bridge before they attempt to go under.
HGVs and bridge collisions
If you use the roads on a regular basis, you will probably notice that there are height warnings dotted around and signs prohibiting high-sided vehicles travelling on certain routes. These signs are there to reduce the risk of car crashes and HGV accidents.
Bridge collisions occur when there is insufficient space for an HGV to fit under a bridge. They can lead to very serious structural damage to the bridge, as well as serious, potentially life-threatening, injuries to the driver and any other motorists or pedestrians involved.
Avoiding HGV accidents
In order to avoid accidents on the road, such as bridge collisions, HGV drivers are encouraged to check their route carefully before they set off and make sure that the roads are suitable and to avoid low bridges and roads, which are not designed for high-sided, heavy vehicles.
Road accident compensation
If you have been involved in an HGV accident or a car crash and you were not to blame, you could be able to claim car crash compensation. Call our Accident Advice Helpline team on Freephone number 0800 689 0500, for expert advice regarding your road traffic accident claim.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice