It is not uncommon to read stories in the news of incidents that involve a crash between two vehicles. In some cases, we may read about a heavy goods vehicle crash, whether or not such a crash would involve one or more other vehicles or not. In some cases, someone on a bicycle or motorbike might be involved, or even a pedestrian.
In every accident, it is important to determine what happened and what the cause of the accident was. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we often discuss the facts with people who call us wanting to learn whether they can make a claim. In every case, it is important to determine who was at fault, causing the accident, but this may not always be easy to do.
How might a heavy goods vehicle crash occur?
The weight of these vehicles (especially if they are fully-loaded) means that they take longer to stop than other vehicles may do. If they are travelling closely to someone who has to make an emergency stop, the HGV might hit the vehicle in front. This is just one example – there are incidents in which someone in an HGV may be involved in an accident that was caused by someone else. This is why it is so important to ascertain the facts.
If someone in another vehicle, a pedestrian or a cyclist has been injured as a result of the actions of an HGV driver, they may have cause to bring a claim for compensation against them. Usually, negligence would have to be proven in order for such a claim to go ahead. This is something we do sometimes see, just as we do in other situations where other drivers are to blame.
Deciding on the right course of action
We all rely on fast reactions on occasion when we are out and about. This may mean braking quickly to avoid hitting something else or deciding whether it is safe to cross the road when a car is approaching. There are all kinds of ways in which we might make the right or wrong decision.
However, if you have been involved in a heavy goods vehicle crash and believe that someone else caused that crash to happen, do call us here at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims