Being involved in any kind of road injury is a traumatic ordeal, but for lorry and HGV drivers, the personal injuries sustained can be much worse.
The increased size of lorries and HGVs means that damage from road accidents involving them is often far greater than with smaller vehicles. They can also cause much larger disruption on the roads than the average car accident might.
What causes a lorry or HGV accident?
There are many factors that affect all accidents on the road, such as tiredness, using a mobile phone while driving, or failing to look before manoeuvring. However, there are some causative factors for vehicle accidents that affect lorries and HGVs considerably more than other vehicles, these include:
- High winds, which lorries and HGVs are more susceptible to
- Bridges and overhanging branches, which pose a greater risk to lorries and HGVs due to their height
- Turning over or losing cargo on the road is a danger which particularly affects lorries and HGVs
- Tailgating, by other vehicles, is particularly risky when done behind a lorry or HGV as it can lead to a serious accident
What should I do if I have had a lorry or HGV accident?
If you experience a lorry or HGV accident on the road, that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 15 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claims industry, and can help you to pursue a successful personal injury claim. We have a wealth of advice available on our website, as well as helpful telephone advisers. Our specialist telephone operators can be spoken to in complete confidence, and our Freephone helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be left out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful. If you’ve had an injury on the road, or in any other public place, that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice