Car accidents have devastating effects on the lives of those involved and their families. When lorries and haulage trucks are involved in accidents the results can be even worse, often involving several motor vehicles. Given the size and power of lorries and trucks, those who they crash into often suffer traumatic and life-changing injuries.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we look to minimise the number of people who suffer injuries at the hands of others. We decided to have a look at some of the most common causes of lorry crashes in the United Kingdom and their resulting consequences. You can claim for dangerous lorry driving accidents if you aren’t in the wrong and the accident occurred in the last three years.
Top five causes of lorry crashes
- With the Department for Transport advising long haul truckers to take a break every two hours for a minimum of fifteen minutes, fatigue shouldn’t be an issue any more but the fact that lorry drivers often rush to make deliveries in time maximises the risk posed to other motorists.
- Failure to maintain a safe following distance. When driving on the motorway, driving too close behind other motorists means that there isn’t enough time to react when the person in front brakes which causes a pileup and serious whiplash for the person in front.
- Using a mobile in a lorry. In a damning study it was revealed that more than half of lorry drivers admit to using their phones while driving. This distracts the lorry driver from focusing on the road and can result in serious accidents.
- Inclement weather. The UK is well-known for its poor weather. When driving in low visibility, a number of accidents could result which cause serious injuries for the driver and other cars.
- Driving too fast. Lorry drivers and haulage truckers are supposed to keep to a maximum speed that is usually determined by their company and then displayed on the back of the vehicle. Exceeding this speed is dangerous for other motorists as well as the driver of the lorry.
Do you need to claim?
Accident Advice Helpline would like to help you claim for any personal injury claims that you might have. You can call our 24/7 Helpline on 0800 689 0500. From your mobile call on 0333 500 0993 or take our 30-second online test. We operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis and don’t charge any legal fees up front. Our helpful personal injury lawyers have experience dealing with road traffic accidents.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice