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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common HGV accidents: Failure to look properly


    HGV and lorry drivers have to control a much larger vehicle, which not only has more blind spots but is heavier to steer, varying in difficulty depending on its load. This means to avoid a road traffic accident these drivers have to be especially aware of their surroundings.

    The importance of preventing HGV accidents

    All drivers must make sure that they focus at all times to avoid having a car collision, yet the potential damage that an HGV or lorry can cause in a road traffic accident is much greater.

    In addition, there are more blind spots on a HGV including the space directly in front and behind the vehicle. This means that in order to avoid major HGV accidents, the driver must stay vigilant, aware of all road users around him, and in the distance, to make sure he is aware of any tailing vehicles.

    Many road traffic accidents involving lorries and HGVs are caused by the driver not being aware of surrounding vehicles and failure to look properly, particularly at junctions.

    What can a driver do to prevent HGV accidents?

    As well as staying assertive and focussed at all times, the driver should also make sure he allows plenty of time to reach his destination, allowing for plenty of rest breaks to ensure he is fully alert and not tired.

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    In the case of a driver feeling unwell while at work, he should make sure he factors in extra breaks along the route to help to decrease the chance of HGV accidents.

    Compensation for HGV accidents

    If you have experienced a road traffic accident as a car or lorry driver, or even a motorcyclist, within the last three years, through no fault of your own, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

    At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 15 years’ experience in winning the compensation that victims of personal injury deserve. We aim to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible, and often settle road traffic accident claims without claimants having to step foot in a court room.

    To find out how much your car crash claim could be worth speak to an Accident Advice Helpline adviser today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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