Many lorry and HGV accidents happen during the winter months, when tired lorry drivers on long journeys lose concentration and don’t pay attention to their surroundings. But these types of accidents can happen at any time of year – sometimes a lorry driver will forget to check their mirrors before pulling out, or drive carelessly in wet conditions, which could cause their truck to aquaplane.
Accidents do happen
Here are some of the most common causes of lorry and HGV accidents in the UK:
- Tailgating – this isn’t just a common cause of lorry accidents, it applies to all drivers. Driving too close to the vehicle in front, particularly in wet or icy conditions is extremely dangerous
- Failing to look properly – lorries can have a larger blind spot than smaller vehicles, so they should be especially aware of checking this when pulling out into traffic or changing lanes
- Fatigue or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol – many lorry drivers are travelling long distances, so it’s vital they take regular stops for refreshments and rest. Some over the counter medications for cold and flu can cause drowsiness, and these should be avoided when driving
- High winds – high-sided vehicles are particularly susceptible to high winds, and viaducts, bridges and flyovers should be avoided during windy conditions, especially if the trailer is empty
- Low bridges – bridges that are not high enough to accommodate certain lorries or HGV’s could cause accidents
- Condition of vehicle – many lorry drivers will be driving a vehicle which is maintained and checked by somebody else. The vehicle should be regularly checked and roadworthy, with a valid MOT
- Poor loading – if loads have been stacked wrongly or are strapped down insecurely this could cause the lorry to shed its load or lead to overturning of the vehicle
Road accident compensation claims
Anyone who has been involved in an accident involving a lorry or HGV needs to think about who was to blame. If the driver of the other vehicle was at fault, you could claim for compensation. Head to our website where you can take the 30-second test and find out how much you might be eligible to claim, then give Accident Advice Helpline a call – our freephone helpline is open 24/7 and we’ll usually be able to tell you in 30 seconds whether your claim is viable. We won’t judge or criticise you – instead, our team of friendly, professional personal injury compensation specialists will offer confidential, no-obligation advice on any aspect of the claims process, and when you’re reading to go ahead with your claim, our 100% no win, no fee* service will ensure you’re not left out of pocket from the very start.