If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, whether as a passenger or the driver of a vehicle, you will know that even if you are not seriously injured, and manage to escape with perhaps just a bump and a bruise, they can be exceptionally scary experiences.
Being involved in a road traffic accident with a lorry is absolutely terrifying. Thanks to their huge size, and the often heavy loads they’re carrying, the impact of a lorry is considerably higher than with another vehicle. This often results in more damage to vehicles (especially cars which by their very nature are significantly smaller than the lorry itself) or to very serious injuries to the passengers in other vehicles.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident involving a lorry you might want to make a compensation claim in Uppermill.
What causes a lorry accident?
Lorry drivers are no different to any other road user at the end of the day, and they can be involved in the same sorts of accidents as the rest of us on our roads. However, there are some types of accidents that are more common for lorry drivers, and may well result in a compensation claim in Uppermill. These include:
- Tailgating – or in other words, following the vehicle ahead of you too closely. This causes problems if the vehicle in front has to stop suddenly due to a hazard in the road, and because you have not left a large enough gap you can go into the back of them. This is especially dangerous in the case of lorries who are tailgating as due to their sheer size their stopping distances are larger than for average vehicles.
- Mobile phone use – it is always illegal to use a mobile phone device (unless using appropriate hands free equipment) but some lorry drivers seem to think this law does not apply to them.
- Fatigue – lorry drivers often work long shifts behind the wheel of their lorry (although there is legislation in place to try to counter this) and as a result they may suffer from fatigue, even more so than other road users. A significant amount of accidents involving lorries have been caused by the driver falling asleep.
- Badly loaded vehicles – it is not always just a case of a “simple” road traffic accident; badly loaded vehicles can lose their loads at any point, and you as a driver of a vehicle following behind such a vehicle may collide with some lost cargo, causing a serious accident and potential for injuries.
If any of these scenarios have happened to you then you might be able to make a compensation claim in Uppermill.
Making a compensation claim in Uppermill
If you want to find out more about making a compensation claim in Uppermill you can contact Accident Advice Helpline today.
We are a law firm with over 15 years’ experience in dealing with a variety of personal injury claims, including road traffic accidents involving every conceivable type of vehicle. You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss things in more detail.
Date Published: 30th August 2013
Author: David Brown