A heavy goods vehicle (HGV) is a familiar sight on our roads. It is a vehicle that is capable of transporting large loads of varying kinds, depending on who uses it. If you have ever driven on the roads and come across an HGV, you will know that they are very large and can take up a lot of room on the highway. They can also make it more difficult to see what is ahead and whether or not you can cross a road safely, in the case of pedestrians.
Heavy goods vehicle accidents are not that common, thankfully. However, with that said it can potentially have a very serious outcome if someone is involved in an accident with one of these vehicles. We have spoken to clients who have been injured in heavy goods vehicle accidents or lost loved ones in a similar situation.
Why are these vehicles potentially dangerous?
It should be noted that these vehicles are not dangerous in themselves. However, they do generally take longer to stop as they are very big, especially if they are fully laden. If an accident occurs between an HGV and a car, the chances are that the car will be worse off in the outcome. Clearly, the same would be true of a motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian.
HGV drivers put in many hours driving on the roads. While there are strict rules and regulations concerning the number of hours for which they can drive, some drivers still drive while tired. We have had cases where people have been injured or even killed in an accident that was not their fault. It is important to note that HGVs are not always at fault for causing an accident, but they tend to come off better than others due to their size.
HGV accidents are thankfully at very low levels
It is good to know that accidents involving these vehicles tend to be kept to a minimum anyway. Experienced and qualified drivers handle these vehicles and are used to doing so. However, if an accident should occur that is found to be the fault of the driver of the HGV, then there might be cause for the other party to make a compensation claim.
If you call Accident Advice Helpline free of charge on 0800 689 0500 now, we can help to determine whether a compensation claim could be a possibility for you.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown