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    Most common HGV accidents: High winds


    Most common HGV accidents: High winds

    Compared to car collisions, HGV accidents can be far more serious due to the weight and size of the vehicles involved. The number of blind spots and the size of vehicle can make it easy for a road traffic accident to occur under certain circumstances, not to mention external and unpredictable risk factors, such as high winds.

    One of the most common causes of road traffic accidents, especially on faster roads such as motorways and dual carriageways, can be high winds. High winds do present a risk to standard-size vehicles, and is a common cause of car collisions, but driving HGVs in high winds can be fatal if you are not vigilant.

    How do high winds cause HGV accidents?

    High winds are dangerous, especially if they are cross winds because it can physically cause the trailer of HGVs to swerve across lanes. If the driver is not careful the winds could cause a severe, even fatal, car accident, and the trailer could potentially jack-knife into the cabin, which could be disastrous for the HGV drivers and those around them.

    How to avoid HGV accidents in high winds

    The main factor of staying safe in high winds is to always stay aware surroundings, and being careful when changing lane. If you need to move lanes always do so slowly and carefully. Moving too fast your can cause your trailer and cabin to swerve into other lanes and cause a significant road traffic accident.

    Claiming compensation for HGV accidents

    If you have been involved in a road traffic accident in any type of vehicle in the last three years, through no fault of your own, road accident compensation claim.

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    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that  specialises in personal injury and accident claims. Our team of lawyers strive to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible. In fact, many of our clients are able to settle their claims without even stepping foot into the court room.

    To find out if you could make a road traffic accident claim speak to one of our Accident Advice Helpline advisers via the 24-hour Freephone number, 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, head online and take the simple 30-second test, a compensation calculator designed to help you determine how much your car crash claim could potentially be worth.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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