Can you imagine what it would be like to be driving behind a lorry, only to find yourself suddenly confronted by the contents of the lorry falling into the road in front of you or even onto your car? Being hit by falling lorry contents is a rarity but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. In some cases the outcome can be quite severe. One woman had a tyre hit her windscreen in Kent, smashing it and resulting in her being showered with broken glass. As you can see, being hit by falling lorry contents can be frightening and you don’t have much time to react.
Injuries caused by this type of occurrence can be painful, ranging from being quite minor in nature to those that are far more serious. Accident Advice Helpline has spoken with people who have been in this situation and they have sometimes been able to seek compensation for their experience.
Shouldn’t the contents of a lorry be safely secured?
Yes they should – and in the vast majority of cases this is exactly what happens. Indeed, most people in this business are responsible and they know the potential consequences that can occur if a load is in any way unsecured.
When a load does become loose and drops out of the back of a lorry it can be quite frightening for anyone who happens to be nearby. Even as a pedestrian you could be hit by something falling off a lorry as it goes past you. If negligent driving or a lack of care in loading the lorry can be proven, this could potentially lead to a good chance of making a compensation claim.
Can you avoid an accident if this were to happen near you?
Not always – and that can be frightening to think about. In some cases people are injured because they didn’t even see something coming towards them. For example it might happen so quickly there is literally no time to do anything to avoid being hit.
Clearly it is worthwhile getting no-obligation advice if you have been injured in a similar type of situation. You never know whether you could make a no win, no fee* compensation claim unless you ask Accident Advice Helpline. Find out today on 0800 689 0500 and speak with a friendly and well-trained adviser to learn more about your case.
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen