Road traffic accidents and accidents at work can be serious enough, but when an accident involves a lorry or Heavy Goods Vehicle, the severity of the accident can increase. The likelihood of serious or life-changing injuries may also increase when the accident involves an HGV or lorry.
Due to their size and weight, HGVs and lorries can be dangerous if they are not properly maintained. This also applies to drivers not having the correct training, or right level of training, driving carelessly, or the vehicle or driver not meeting the safety regulations.
Causes of Lorry/HGV Accidents
There are many causes of lorry and HGV accidents. Some of the most common include:
Driving while tired
Lorries are usually on the road for very long periods of time, and if the driver does not take enough breaks, they can become tired, which in turn can affect their concentration and judgement. There are regulations in place under EU Law which dictates how long HGV drivers can be on the road without taking a break. These regulations state that drivers can not drive for more than nine hours per day, and they must have a break of at least 11 hours between shifts. drivers must also take breaks totalling at least 45 minutes after no more than 4 hours 30 minutes driving.
Bad weather can cause dangerous conditions on roads. Rain, snow, and ice can cause conditions on the road to be unsafe, and HGV drivers must ensure they are extra careful when driving in these conditions to ensure they and others on the road are kept safe. Employers must make sure that drivers have correct training in adverse weather conditions before they can undertake any driving jobs.
A major cause of accidents on the road is overtaking, or tailgating. This is especially important for HGVs and lorries, as they have a larger blind spot than cars or other vehicles. Drivers of lorries and HGVs need to ensure they keep a safe distance between themselves and other vehicles so as not to have an accident.
Accidents at Work Involving Lorries/HGVs
If you have had an accident at work, and you work as a lorry/HGV driver your employer is responsible for ensuring that you are kept safe during working hours. They need to make sure that your vehicles are kept well-maintained and safe, and that you have the correct training to be able to drive your vehicle safely. If you have received inadequate or incorrect training, or if your vehicles were faulty or poorly maintained and you have had an accident, we may be able to help you make a claim for compensation.
Road Traffic Accidents Involving Lorries/HGVs
You may be able to claim if you have had a road traffic accident involving a lorry or HGV, especially if the accident was not your fault. You may be able to claim if you were the driving the lorry/HGV, or if the lorry/HGV hit your vehicle.
Accidents involving an International Lorry/HGV
There is a system in place which protects road users who have been in an accident with an international lorry. To be able to drive in the UK, the driver must have a green card. This proves that they have the correct insurance. These details can be important when claiming following an accident, so it is best to try and get them if you can.
Claiming Against a Lorry/HGV Driver
Drivers of lorries and HGVs must have the correct license to be able to drive them legally. If the drivers do not receive the correct training or if they are not following the safety rules, this is more likely to cause an accident. If a lorry or HGV crashes into you, your risk of serious injury increases. You should always try and get the details of the lorry driver, and both the registration of the cab and the trailer, as these can often be different.
If you have had an accident involving a lorry or HGV and the driver of the lorry/HGV was at fault, we may be able to help you.
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