A heavy goods vehicle (HGV) is likely to cause more damage to your vehicle and more serious injuries to anyone involved in an accident due to its size and weight. If you have been involved in an accident with an HGV, either as another driver, passenger or pedestrian, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation if it can be proven that the HGV driver was driving dangerously. Here are some of the most common causes of HGV accidents:
- Tailgating – driving too close to the vehicle in front
- Failing to look properly
- Fatigue – drivers falling asleep at the wheel
- Poorly maintained vehicles, for example vehicles with no MOT or worn tyres
- Under the influence of alcohol/drugs (even medication that causes drowsiness)
- Talking on mobile phone whilst driving
- High winds which are especially dangerous for HGV drivers
- Poorly stacked or secured loads which could cause the vehicle to shed its load or overturn
Making a claim – are you eligible?
If you’ve been injured in an accident with an HGV, Accident Advice Helpline will be able to tell you whether you’re eligible to make a claim, and our expert personal injury advisors are on hand to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. But who is eligible to make a claim after an HGV accident?
- The driver of another vehicle involved in a collision with an HGV (whilst both vehicles are moving)
- Driver of a parked vehicle struck by an HGV (possibly when the HGV is reversing)
- Pedestrian or motorcyclist involved in HGV collision
If the HGV driver in question has been driving dangerously – breaking speed limits, tailgating or using their mobile phone at the wheel – then you could make a claim if you’re injured as a result of their negligence.
Financial difficulties after your accident
If your accident has left you in financial difficulties due to taking time off work to recover from your injuries, you’re not alone. Many people avoid making a claim for personal injury compensation, fearing expensive legal fees and court costs.
However, Accident Advice Helpline’s team of professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, which means you won’t pay a penny upfront.
Your settlement could help with those financial problems too, paying your household bills and any medical expenses as well as compensating you for loss of wages. Why not give our freephone helpline a call today on 0800 689 0500 and see if you’re eligible to make a claim?
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton