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We can help you make a lorry accident claim

Here at National Accident Helpline 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 (HGV).

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.

Because of their weight and size, lorries, HGV or trucks can be incredibly dangerous if they're not properly maintained. The same applies if the correct training isn't given to the driver, or if safety regulations aren't correctly followed.

No win no fee HGV and lorry injury claims

All our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis - which means you don't have to pay anything if your case is not successful. At the beginning of the claim, your no win no fee solicitor will usually take out a special legal protection insurance policy for you. They'll do this if you don't have an existing legal protection policy that has appropriate cover. The policy pays the legal costs if your claim were to fail. Insurance must always be in place in case that happens. 

Get in touch with us on for free, impartial advice and to find out whether you could make a claim - or if you prefer, complete a call back form and we will call you straight back.

If you've been involved in an accident with a lorry, and are thinking about truck accident compensation, 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)
  • The lorry driver (including if you are self-employed)
  • The driver of another vehicle involved in a lorry accident

What can be claimed for after an accident with an HGV or lorry?

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 today so we can check if we can help. Our friendly, trained advisors are available 7 days a week on and offer free, impartial advice.

How much compensation will I get for an accident with an HGV or lorry?

The amount of compensation you might receive can vary depending on the injury you have sustained and the accident itself. After an accident involving an HGV, you may be left suffering from whiplash. In the most serious cases, the accident could be life-changing or worse.

Your compensation figure is negotiated between your solicitor and the party responsible for your accident. All claims are different, which is why we're not able to let you know exactly how much your final settlement figure might be.

But we understand that it is important for you to have an idea of how much compensation you may be able to claim. This is why we've created our industry-leading compensation calculator to give you a guideline figure of how much your claim might be worth.

When you're ready to speak to us, our friendly, professional advisors are on hand until late, 7 days a week, on . They will listen carefully to what has happened to you and give you free, impartial advice.

Did you know?

Lorry traffic has increased by 13.3% to 17.1 billion vehicle miles from 1993 to 2018. 

Source: Department for Transport

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.

Car drivers aren't the only road users at risk of lorry accidents. Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians have very little protection from other vehicles and are easily unseen by lorry drivers or their operators.

Claiming against the HGV or lorry operator

Drivers of lorries and large good vehicles need proper training to get a special licence 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. 

If you have been in a lorry accident that wasn't your fault and want to investigate making an HGV accident claim, we can help you get the compensation and support you need during your recovery.

Car accident with a lorry 

If you were in a car or van which was involved in an accident with a lorry - whether you were driving or a passenger -  then call our legally-trained advisors on .  They will listen carefully to what happened and make an assessment as to whether you might have grounds for a compensation claim. 

Lorry and bus accident claims

If you were travelling on, or driving, a bus or coach which was hit by a lorry, HGV or truck, then you will normally have up to three years to make a compensation claim. However, to support your recovery it's important to contact us as soon as possible. 

Lorry and motorcycle accident

As a motorcyclist or cyclist, we understand how vulnerable you can be on the road. If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle or cycle accident with a lorry, we may be able to help. To ensure you don't experience any additional financial stress, our advisory service is free of charge and there is no obligation to move forward with a claim.

Accidents with a foreign lorry driver

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.

Did you know?

There were just over 122,000 road traffic accidents reported in Great Britain in 2018.

Source: Department for Transport

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 or use the form below to arrange a call back.