Lorry/HGV Accident Claim*

While all traffic collisions are traumatic for the people involved, those involving lorries and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) can be especially so for the drivers of these vehicles as well as other road users. In cases where you are involved in a crash that was not your fault, there may be a legal remedy. You can seek this legal remedy by way of a lorry accident claim.

What is a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)?

Heavy Goods Vehicles are defined as goods vehicles with a maximum gross weight of more than 3.5 tons. Because of the weight of these large vehicles, road accidents involving HGVs are more serious than other types of accidents. Buses and coaches are included since they are usually quite large. Accidents involving HGVs tend to be very forceful collisions which can result in higher levels of damage to the vehicles and more serious injuries being sustained to anyone involved. Due to the substantial growth in online shopping in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of delivery trucks and HGVs on Irish roads.

Driver Fatigue

One of the main factors present in many road traffic accidents is driver fatigue. Driver fatigue or tiredness can cause the driver of a vehicle to lose concentration, or worse, fall asleep at the wheel of their vehicle while driving on the road. This factor is even more prominent when it comes to operating a HGV as many lorry drivers encounter long hauls daily.

For this reason, the EU introduced strict regulations on the driving time (hours) of professional driving operating vehicles over 3.5 tons, including trailers, and passenger vehicles with more than 8 passenger seats onboard. Every HGV is required to have a tachograph installed on their vehicle. This device automatically records the speed, distance and time the driver has covered.

The key requirements for drivers of HGV’s are as follows:

  • The longest period you can drive without a break is 4.5 hours.
  • After driving for 4.5 hours, you must take a mandatory break of 45 minutes. This 45 minute break can be split into a 15 minute break followed by a 30 minute break over the 4.5 hours of driving.
  • During this break, you must not drive or do any other form of work, this is exclusively a rest period.
  • The daily driving time limit is 9 hours per day. This can be extended to 10 hours but for no more than two times a week.

For further information on the European Union rules on drivers’ hours, visit the RSA’s guide by clicking here.

Common Lorry Accident Claims*

The most common lorry accident claims are:

What do I do if I’m involved in a lorry accident?

Following an accident involving a HGV, whether as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist there are several steps you should follow:

  1. Seek medical attention
  2. Gather all relevant information at the scene
  3. Report the incident to the Gardaí
  4. Contact your insurance company
  5. Speak to a lorry accident claims solicitor

How do I make a claim?

Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a specialist lorry accident solicitor to help you with this.

  1. Prepare information for a solicitor
  2. Solicitor becomes your trusted advisor
  3. Solicitor obtains a medical report
  4. Solicitor prepares the Injuries Board application

Possible case outcomes

Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.

Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus on your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.

At Tracey Solicitors, we make law accessible to all — regardless of your knowledge or experience with the claims process. For more information and a confidential discussion on your lorry accident, phone 01 649 9900 where you can speak with a member of our team straight away, or email ask@traceysolicitors.ie to tell us about your case.

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