Amongst the most lethal situations facing drivers caught up in accidents are lorry crush injuries. When a large articulated lorry tips over, if any other vehicles are involved, the sheer imbalance between the subjects will inevitably lead to life-threatening situations. For the emergency services called to such a collision, it is rarely a straightforward case to retrieve any victims.
When vehicles impact one another at considerable speed, especially lorries, there is the potential for people to become tangled in the wreckage. In order to extricate these people so that they can be treated by paramedics, firefighters often have to use specialised cutting equipment.
It takes considerable force to cause an articulated lorry driver to lose control of a vehicle. Factors that could provoke this into happening include water or other spillages on the road surface. In the case of the former, large puddles can obscure the location of deep potholes. Thick lorry tyres striking these indents can be violently thrown off course. In the latter case, if oil or a similar substance gets underneath a vehicle, it can also have a detrimental effect on the driver’s ability to retain control.
Why lorry crush injuries can happen
Whenever a lorry is in collision with another road user, it is inevitably the latter that will come off second best. Lorries are vastly heavier than the average car, and their sizes increase with the storage space required for long distance haulage.
The nature of delivery drivers over any distance means that drivers may be passing through areas they have only become relatively familiar with via their navigation devices.
Where they are negotiating strange road networks, it is only natural that there can be lapses in concentration. Lorries loaded with cargoes like machinery or hazardous substances, are particularly dangerous when they come into contact with other vehicles.
Why you need professional advice
Being involved in a collision with a lorry can leave the victim with considerable injuries. But one thing that can go towards alleviating stress is the thought of a compensation claim. This may not be something you have ever considered before, especially if the thought of legal action seems daunting. This is where Accident Advice Helpline can step in.
We have a legal team reachable on 0800 689 0500 who have been assisting clients in claims cases just like this for more than 14 years. If you would like a snapshot of what you might be due, visit our website and try out the 30-second claim calculator.