We can help you make a lorry accident claim
Any road accident can cause lasting injuries, but the likelihood of life-changing injuries or even fatalities increases when an accident involves a lorry or heavy goods vehicle.
Because of their weight and size, these types of vehicles can be incredibly dangerous if they’re not properly maintained, if the correct training isn’t given to the driver, or if safety regulations aren’t correctly followed.
Lorries or any heavy-goods vehicles have to follow regulations to keep you safe on the road – if these regulations are ignored, then accidents can happen. They can affect other road users, or sometimes the lorry driver, and can have serious consequences for both.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a lorry, we’re here to help you make it right. We can help you, whether you were:
- Any road user hit by a lorry (e.g. cyclist, motorcyclist, passenger, pedestrian)
- You were the lorry driver
- You are a self-employed lorry driver involved in an accident
We can’t take away what you’ve been through, but we can help you get the compensation and support you need during your recovery and in your day-to-day life. Get in touch with us on 0800 376 0150 for free, impartial advice and to find out whether you could make a claim.
Common causes of HGV accidents
We’ve listed some common causes of HGV accidents below. If your experience isn’t listed here, then please don’t worry. If your accident happened in the last three years and was someone else’s fault, then it’s still likely we can help you.
Driving while tired
Lorries are usually on the roads for very long periods of time and may have even travelled from abroad. Being tired can affect the driver’s concentration, judgement and ability to make decisions.
EU law dictates how long drivers of HGVs can be on the road to prevent accidents from happening. For example, EU regulation states that a HGV driver should be behind the wheel for no longer than nine hours a day, and there should be at least an 11-hour break period between these shifts. You can find more information here.
Tailgating or overtaking
Road accidents in the UK often happen when vehicles overtake or change lanes – there is a higher risk with lorries and HGVs, as there’s usually a larger ‘blind spot’ – especially with foreign left-handed lorries.
HGV drivers and other road users should avoid driving too closely to cars in front and should make sure they check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
Poor weather conditions
Changes in conditions on the road can lead to different dangers for any driver.
Ice and heavy rain can cause longer braking distances, and strong winds can cause HGVs to tip over. Lorry drivers should take extra care when driving in bad weather to avoid accidents from happening.
Other accident types
Drivers of lorries and large good vehicles need proper training to get a special license before they’re legally allowed to drive them. If lorries are driven without the correct training, or if the safety rules aren’t followed, then accidents are more likely to happen.
Claiming against foreign registered HGVs
There’s a system in place which protects road users who’ve been in an accident with an international lorry. To be able to drive in the UK, operators of foreign HGVs need to have a ‘Green Card’ as this shows that they’re insured.
Following an accident with a foreign registered lorry, we recommend that you ask for the green card details of the driver if you can. Also, try to make a note of the number plate of the cab and trailer (these are sometimes different) as this could help with your claim.
Making a claim
Being involved in an accident involving any vehicle can be terrifying, but the costs of your recovery can also affect your finances.
Compensation can help to take away some of the financial pressure, so you can focus on getting better. For example, if you’ve had to take time off work your compensation could cover the costs of lost earnings.
We’ll never push you into moving forward with a claim when you speak to us, but we can help you understand whether you can make a case. You can get in touch for free, impartial advice on 0800 376 0150.