The majority of motorists don’t like to get too close to large heavy goods vehicles, whether travelling on motorways or smaller roads. As long as you keep a safe braking distance behind a lorry, there’s really no difference between driving behind a car, but psychologically, it can seem as though the sheer size of the vehicle in front of you might pose some form of danger. After all, smaller vehicles will typically come off worse if they are unfortunate enough to be involved in some form of accident involving a lorry.
However, it will be an entirely different story if any lorry you are travelling behind has been carelessly loaded. If part of a lorry’s load was to come loose and either hit your car or fall into the road, causing you to swerve, you might be able to take some form of Southend-on-Sea law firm action with the help of a top 100% no win no fee* personal injury solicitor if you were to be injured as a consequence.
Heavy good vehicle shed loads and Southend-on-Sea law firm action
If you listen to local radio travel reports, you might well have heard of trucks shedding their load on all manner of highways and byways. While this will be a huge inconvenience to drivers whose journeys are delayed as a result, it could mean very serious injury for anybody who was in a car or out and about on foot in the vicinity of a lorry that did lose what it was carrying.
Imagine that you were on a motorway heading home after attending a meeting. The journey is going well and you’re making very good time, with all thoughts of Southend-on-Sea law firm action very far from your mind indeed. Just before you’re about to pull off at a junction, you come up behind a large heavy goods vehicle that appears to be getting off the motorway at the same exit as you.
As the lorry turns off, its back doors swing open, causing boxes to spew out onto the motorway. You’re forced to take evasive action, swerving to avoid the boxes. As a result, you hit a car in the next lane. Fortunately, things are not as bad a they could have been as you were slowing down to take the exit, but you suffer a number of nasty injuries nevertheless.
Under these circumstances, there will be a chance that you might be able to take action against the company that owned the truck with the help of a decent Southend-on-Sea law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline. The company should have made sure that its lorry was fit for use and roadworthy before letting it set off.
Date Published: 20th July 2014
Author: David Brown