Professional drivers spend most of their lives on the road, adhering to strict deadlines and rushing to make deliveries as quickly as possible. Most of the time, this goes without incident, but occasionally, accidents can take place that result in serious injuries for those involved.
Being involved in an accident while behind the wheel can be incredibly distressing, and even if the physical injury is not serious, the emotional stress caused can make people worried about driving in the future.
At Lupton Fawcett, we have a great deal of experience in dealing with professional drivers who have been involved in an accident, and we are well equipped to help you every step of the way throughout the compensation process.
Different types of incident
Larger vehicles can just as easily be involved in the same type of accidents as cars, and it is frustrating that very often, incidents can occur through no fault of the driver. We have outlined some of the most common causes of an accident below:
- Fatigue/illness - unfortunately, many businesses fail to highlight the dangers of driving while tired to their employees, and with strict deadlines to stick to, some professional drivers get behind the wheel when they should not
- Tailgating - the term used to describe when a vehicle travels to close to the vehicle in front. This can cause a serious incident should the vehicle in front need to brake suddenly
- Driver error - failing to look properly or looking at a mobile phone are two extremely common instances of driver error.
- Unsafe vehicle - all vehicles travelling on a public road should be maintained to a high standard, and drivers are urged to check the condition of their vehicle before embarking on a long journey
- Bridge collisions - drivers of lorries, trucks and vans need to remain vigilant for low bridges, which provide no access for high-sided vehicles
- Badly loaded vehicles - vehicles with poorly secured or stacked loads are at a higher risk of overturning, or shedding their loads. For this reason, goods should always be stacked carefully.
The list above describes some, but not all, causes of accidents for trucks, lorries and vans. If your case is different, that doesn’t mean we cannot help. You should still give us a call to discuss your options.
It’s not personal
Claiming compensation if you have been hurt or suffered mental stress should not be classed as a personal attack against the offending party. Businesses are legally required to have insurance in place to protect themselves against such instances. Therefore, you should not worry about making a claim.
If your claim is successful
The money you receive as a result of your compensation claim comes from an insurance policy, not the personal funds of the party you made your claim against. Don’t worry about the consequences of making a claim.
Why should I make a claim?
Making a claim for compensation is designed to help you to get back on your feet after a stressful event. Having some financial support will ensure you can lead as normal a life as possible in the aftermath of an injury.
In cases where you have been unable to work, it is likely your financial situation will worsen considerably. Compensation can help to ease this burden.
Timescale of your claim
The law states that a claim for compensation should be started within the three years following the incident, or three years from the date that it became clear the incident was the cause of your injury. This is known as a ‘statute of limitations’ and cannot be ignored.
If you have suffered an injury in a lorry, truck or van accident, speak to a specialist at Lupton Fawcett today.
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