Any road accident can be a harrowing and upsetting experience to have. Every year some of our less-protected road users (think of cyclists and pedestrians for example) have accidents that could potentially have been caused by larger vehicles such as vans.
Oftentimes van and lorry drivers have a strict schedule to stick to. While this is understandable it can also pose serious risks for everyone who comes into close contact with a van driver.
Fortunately several schemes and plans are in place to ensure drivers within the industry are doing everything they can to become more educated about cyclists, pedestrians and bikers. However it also pays for these road users to become more aware of the additional potential dangers posed by vehicles such as these.
When an accident occurs between a van and a pedestrian or someone on a bike, you can be almost certain the latter individual will come off worst. A van driver will be largely protected by their van, whereas a biker will have very little protection at all. This can be devastating in terms of the potential for injuries and even fatalities to occur.
Why do vans pose a risk to vulnerable road users?
Many vans do not allow the driver to see out the rear view mirror, or at least it may be a lot more difficult to do so. In some cases they will have blind spots too, which means the driver may be less aware of who and what is around them.
To this end vans can be more dangerous to road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists if due care and attention is not paid to what is going on. Being extra-careful around such vehicles is essential if you want to stay safe.
Are you thinking of claiming compensation for a crash with a van?
Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are more vulnerable than many other road users for obvious reasons. If you have been in an accident you may consider claiming compensation for a crash with a van.
If this is the case, contact Accident Advice Helpline now and find out whether you can start a no win, no fee compensation claim. Our enquiry line is open around the clock, 24/7, and it’s free to call as well.
Don’t be left wondering whether a claim might be successful. Get some answers from our friendly team members today.
Date Published: November 18, 2014
Author: David Brown