HGV accident compensation claims

Updated: October 8, 2018

Introduction

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, almost 10,000 people were injured, seriously hurt or suffered fatally in HGV accidents in the UK in a single year.

Lorry and HGV accidents are often much more serious than incidences involving smaller vehicles. Collisions often occur after overtaking or changing lanes, and can involve several vehicles.

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Common causes of lorry and HGV accidents

Common causes of HGV accident claims include lane changes when a driver has failed to properly observe the presence of other road users, due to a blind spot.

Tiredness and being under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also increase the risk of HGV accidents occurring, and these factors may amount to negligence in the context of a claim.

Other causes of road traffic accident claims involving lorries include cases where drivers have failed to allow a safe breaking distance or the vehicle has been badly loaded.

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Claiming against the lorry driver's employer

As a general road user

If you are a pedestrian or other road user, you may be able to make a claim against the employer of the lorry driver, due to the employer's vicarious liability. Your solicitor will be able to confirm the process, and will identify the Defendant in your case, after reviewing the facts.

As an employee

If you were injured when driving an HGV in the course of your employment, you may be able to make a claim against your employer. Your employer may be negligent if they are responsible for the cause of the accident, such as requiring you to drive with an unstable load, without adequate rest between shifts, or where the accident is due to poor vehicle maintenance.

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Proving liability

If you have not already done so, you should report the accident to police as soon as possible. This will help to create a verifiable record of what has happened.

There are several other ways to prove the accuracy of your account of events, including:

  • Obtaining the contact details of any witnesses. Witnesses can help to corroborate your version of events, and prove that someone else was at fault.
  • Taking photographs of the scene of the accident, if possible. If you are able to take photographs at the scene, they can be used as evidence in a claim for compensation.
  • Taking photographs of your injuries. These can be used by your solicitor in support of other medical evidence.
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How much compensation can you get for lorry and HGV accidents?

The amount of compensation you could be awarded for lorry and HGV accidents is very much dependent on your circumstances and the severity of your injuries.

If you were injured in an accident that was partly your responsibility, it may still be possible to make a claim.

Use our personal injury claims calculator for a clearer idea about what you claim could be worth.

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Do I have a lorry or HGV accident claim?

If you were injured in a lorry or HGV accident in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can probably help you make a compensation claim.

See our Online Claim Eligibility Calculator for a better idea of where you stand.

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No Win, No Fee lorry or HGV accident compensation claims explained

A No Win, No Fee compensation claim starts once the Claimant signs a "CFA", or Conditional Fee Agreement, with a lawyer.

The Conditional Fee Agreement lays out the terms between the lawyer and you. The document explains the service executed by the lawyer in addition to a success fee that will be taken from the compensation once they win the claim.

Selecting a Quittance personal injury solicitor, you are able to focus on your recovery, with the knowledge that you will never be out of pocket.

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Accidents at work - Claims against your employer

Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.

Find out if you can claim HGV accident compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report

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Meet the QLS team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of road accident claims, from more minor injury cases to life-changing injuries. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience.

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Shahida Chaudery Complex Injury Claims Panel Solicitor
Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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