Lorry & Truck (HGV) Accident Claims
We have helped thousands of people over the years to recover the compensation they deserve.
Road traffic accidents can be a terrible enough ordeal but when there is a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) involved, the outcome can be all the more devastating.
Because of the sheer size and weight of an HGV, the forces involved with such accidents can be significant, causing more damage to the other vehicles involved and resulting in more serious injuries to those involved, whether they be car drivers, cyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists.
We may be able to help you if you have been involved in an accident involving a Lorry / HGV (whether you are the driver of the HGV or not), so if the accident was not your fault then why not get in touch to find out?
Simply complete the 15 second form at the top of this page or alternatively give us a call on 0800 028 2060 or complete our Online Claim Assessment and one of our friendly staff will advise you on whether or not you are eligible to make a HGV accident claim.
Reasons for HGV Accidents
The reasons why people have HGV accidents are pretty much the same as that for car drivers but below we have set out the main reasons why people have these crashes and then choose Russell Worth to assist them in making their HGV accident claim.
- Weather – high winds in particular affect the drivers’ ability to control the lorry. The sheer size of the trailer means that in high winds it in effect acts as a huge kite, which can result in huge forces being exerted. In extreme cases, a loss of control can occur.
- Tailgating – sometimes lorry drivers slip stream each other. This is where they follow the HGV in front in close proximity – often it is at an unsafe distance, which can lead to accidents.
- Tiredness – tachometers are designed to stop lorry drivers from driving for longer periods of time than are deemed safe.
- Mobile Phones – An obvious distraction is phones. With modern smart phones and the amount of apps / texts and calls that are pushing notifications to you it is easy to be distracted. Your phone should be switched off when you are driving or at least on silent until you reach somewhere safe to check it.
- Foreign drivers – drivers of foreign wagons are often positioned on the opposite side to UK drivers. This puts them at a natural disadvantage as they are naturally positioned to drive on the other side of the road. This can lead to blind spot induced accidents, which are not uncommon on the motorways these days.
- Alcohol or drugs – like with any vehicle, a drivers judgment under the influence of either drugs or drink is impaired which can lead to accidents.
- Vehicle condition – it is motoring law to ensure that your vehicle is maintained and fit for the roads. This includes ensuring that the vehicle is put through an MOT every 12 months (if over 3 years old). Tyres should be checked before every journey as a faulty tyre can cause serious accidents, especially when travelling at speed or in adverse weather conditions.
- Badly loaded vehicles – if a heavy goods vehicles cargo is not well secured then this can lead to goods being shed onto the highway, which can in turn lead to some nasty accidents.
Lorry Accident Claims Summary
So, if you have been involved in an HGV accident in the last 3 years and you wish to make a claim then please get in touch today via the claim form above or by calling 0800 028 2060. We offer a No Win No Fee service, meaning you do not pay anything if you lose.
Have you been hit by an uninsured or untraced driver? Not a problem, we can still help you.
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