Being involved in a road traffic accident can be a traumatic and terrifying experience but when a lorry or HGV becomes involved, the entire ordeal can be made much worse. HGVs and lorries are significantly heavier than other forms of transport such as cars and the extra size and weight tends to mean that when an impact occurs, it is much more forceful, resulting in a higher level of damage and personal injury to other drivers or pedestrians. Although we are first and foremost a law firm specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation, we also publish these handy guides to help the public prevent accidents.
The causes of lorry / HGV accidents: Poorly loaded vehicles
A lorry or HGV with a poorly stacked or inadequately secured load increases the risk of the vehicle toppling over and shedding its load. If you load your own vehicle, it is essential to take the proper precautions to ensure that the load is safely stacked and secured. If the vehicle has been loaded for you by someone else, ensure that the loading and stacking has been carried out to a reasonable standard before setting off.
Claiming compensation for a lorry / HGV accident
Regardless of whether you were the driver or another road user, if you have been involved in a road traffic collision which has involved a lorry or HGV within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our Freephone lines are open 24/7 and a friendly, professional adviser is waiting to take your call. We have over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including lorry / HGV accidents and all of our claims are made on a 100% no-win no-fee basis, so you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate event that your claim for compensation doesn’t succeed. Alternatively, you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second test.
Will I have to make a court appearance?
We at Accident Advice Helpline ensure that the claim process is kept as straightforward and transparent as possible. The majority of our claims are settled outside court, ensuring that many of clients will not have to make a court appearance. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice