Lorry drivers often have long distances to travel and heavy loads to carry, so road safety should be a top priority. Heavy goods vehicles can have a devastating effect if involved in a road traffic accident, particularly if the accident involves a vulnerable road user like a cyclist or pedestrian. Many lorries and HGVs have blind spots, which means that they may not always be able to see every road user, particularly those who drive up alongside them or directly behind. Cyclists, motorcyclists and other vehicles should be aware that a lorry driver may not be able to see them properly and keep an appropriate distance.
Lorry drivers should always use the left-hand lane on motorways and A-roads, and only use the right-hand lane for overtaking where necessary. As lorry drivers may be embarking on a long journey, it is important to stay as alert as possible. Try to get as much sleep as you can and make rest stops where possible. If you fall asleep at the wheel, you could injure a number of road users as well as yourself. Cyclists are extremely vulnerable in the vicinity of such a large vehicle, so you should be aware of your surroundings at all times. Cyclists injured by lorries could be entitled to compensation if the lorry driver was at fault.
Compensation for an accident with a lorry
Cyclists become more vulnerable when close to a large vehicle such as a lorry, therefore HGV drivers need to be aware of the damage they could cause. Many cyclist fatalities involve a HGV or lorry, which means that these drivers have a large responsibility to protect other road users. Cyclists injured by lorries may sustain injuries that are difficult from which to recover, therefore they may need to pay for care and medical help. If you have been injured by a lorry, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Compensation claims for road traffic incidents
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and have sustained injuries, our team at Accident Advice Helpline could assist you. As specialist personal injury solicitors, we have helped thousands of road traffic accident victims to claim the compensation they deserved where someone else was at fault. If you have been the victim of driver negligence, get in touch with for no-obligation advice free on 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown