If you are a truck driver and have been involved in a road traffic incident we suggest you contact us as soon as possible for free lorry driver injury advice. Due to the size and weight of the lorries on our roads today it is almost inevitable that any accident involving such a vehicle is going to be quite serious. No matter how minor or serious the injuries you suffered in you accident, one of our experienced personal injury solicitors, here at Accident Advice Helpline, is on hand to discuss the situation with you and suggest the most appropriate course of action.
Types of lorry accidents
A road traffic accident can be caused by almost anyone, including drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. However, lorry drivers are sometimes involved in accidents specifically related to commercial vehicles; for example, vehicle height and weight limits, tailgating, high winds and badly secured or stacked loads. No matter what factor caused the accident in which you were injured, the same principles of liability apply as in any other road traffic accident. This means that the driver responsible for the accident is also responsible for the resulting damage and injury. As a result, the insurance company of the at-fault driver is liable to cover the compensation you are entitled to for the injuries you have suffered.
It is important to be aware that liability for commercial vehicle accidents is also subject to special rules and regulations, which require you, as a lorry driver, to complete HGV and LGV training and licensing programmes; to keep records of the hours driven; breaks and rest periods and to verify that your vehicle’s tachograph is working correctly. If you have failed to comply with these requirements and the police determine that you are partially responsible for the accident, your compensation application may be rejected or you may be awarded a lower amount than you would otherwise have been entitled to.
In order to provide you with comprehensive lorry driver injury advice, we should first remind you that, as a professional lorry driver, you owe a legal duty of care to the other road users. This means that you will be held responsible for any accident you may cause. However, if you can prove that someone else has contributed towards the accident, he or she will be held partially or totally responsible for the incident. In addition, if the accident is caused due to a poorly maintained vehicle, but you were not aware of its condition, you have the right to file a work-related injury compensation claim against your employer.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we are ready to protect your legal rights. We can help you recover damages for the impact of long-term pain and suffering, medical expenses and travelling costs you have incurred during the recovery period, uninsured losses and loss of earnings resulting from your temporary or permanent incapacity. Since there is a statute of limitation for filing a work-related injury claim, we urge you to contact us today to discuss your individual case with one of our legal advisers.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 1, 2014
Author: David Brown