HGV stands for heavy goods vehicle. If an accident happens it not only involves a larger vehicle, it also involves a vehicle that may be laden with heavy goods as well, thus making the weight even more significant.
If you are in any type of road accident it can be upsetting, stressful and of course very dangerous. However, when an HGV is one of the vehicles involved – and perhaps even caused the accident to occur – the whole experience can be even worse. A vehicle hit by another vehicle of the same size may not be as catastrophic as a vehicle hit by an HGV.
Why might HGV accident compensation be paid?
There could be all kinds of reasons why HGV accident compensation is paid out to one or more other people who were involved or injured in an accident. However, for compensation to be paid out it must be proven that the HGV driver caused the accident to occur.
The majority of HGV drivers are exceptionally good at what they do, and drive safely and responsibly at all times. However, there are times when this is not the case. In some instances there could be situations where an HGV is driven too close to the vehicle in front of it. If you happen to be driving that vehicle and you have to stop in a hurry, you could end up being hit by the HGV. Other examples of accidents could involve an HGV changing lanes and forcing you off the road, or even instances where the driver falls asleep because they have not had enough rest.
This is perhaps the most important thing to bear in mind. There are instances where accidents happen and it may not be easy to prove who was at fault. In order to make a successful claim for HGV accident compensation you must have clear evidence that the HGV driver was the one who caused the accident, however it happened to come about.
You can see then that calling the team at Accident Advice Helpline is a very good idea. We have just one number you need to remember – 0800 689 0500. Once you get in touch with us we can consider your claim and match you with an experienced lawyer if we feel you have a good chance of completing your claim for some compensation successfully.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead