HGV drivers (drivers of heavy goods vehicles) are more at risk of serious injury than other road users, if they are involved in an accident. There are strict regulations in place governing the driving of HGV trucks and lorries, including the amount of time drivers can spend on the road before they must take a break, and the maximum length of shifts. It might be that you’ve suffered serious injuries and feel your employer is at fault, and if this is the case, Accident Advice Helpline could help you make a claim for HGV driver injury compensation, and our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis.
What could cause an HGV accident?
Fatigue is a key cause of HGV accidents – if your employer has asked you to pull a double shift or you simply don’t have time to take breaks, then you risk falling asleep at the wheel or suffering delayed reaction times that could cause an accident. Or it might be that there’s a fault with the HGV truck you are driving. For example a slow puncture or a fault with the brakes could easily lead to a collision at high speed on a motorway or dual carriageway. Trucks carrying heavy loads could overturn, causing serious crush injuries or even a fatality.
There have even been instances where HGV drivers have been injured trying to load goods onto the back of their lorry. For example if the equipment needed to load heavy pallets or goods is missing or malfunctioning, injuries could occur, such as broken bones (if goods are dropped on your feet) or crush injuries to your hands and arms. Your employer could be held liable if they have failed to maintain lorries and loading equipment to a safe standard, or if they have broken the law by asking you to work extended shifts without a break.
Why should you claim?
We don’t believe anybody deserves to suffer in silence after an accident at work, so we encourage HGV drivers to get in touch with us to find out if they could claim HGV driver injury compensation after their accident. Making a successful claim could protect other drivers in future and you could receive a settlement which helps you out financially whilst you recover from your injuries. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and you can benefit from years of expertise handling personal injury claims.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton