What to do if you are involved in a lorry accident

 

If you are involved in a lorry accident that wasn’t your fault then you should immediately seek legal advice to discuss the prospects of making a personal injury claim.

These claims can be made for any type of road traffic accident and can be made against other drivers, the local authority, or whoever caused the accident.

Visit our personal injury pages to learn about different types of accidents.

Preparing your claim

Accidents involving heavy vehicles such as lorries can be very serious. You may not feel able to start your claim straight away. However, whilst you do have three years before you reach the end of the limitation period, you should try to get your claim moving as soon as possible. Vital evidence may quickly become lost if you delay unnecessarily.

Instructing a solicitor is a good start. They will help you to gather evidence and will ensure that a medical report is prepared assessing your injuries. They also be responsible for negotiating an appropriate settlement with the defendant’s solicitors or insurance company.

In the event an agreement as to an appropriate settlement cannot be reached, then your solicitor will ensure the appropriate steps are taken to bring the case to court.

Calculating your compensation

The amount of compensation you receive will depend upon your injuries and how they affected your life. For example, if a lorry ran over your toes, you will receive less than if it knocked you over, leaving you with a broken spine.

In the former case you might expect to make a full recovery in a relatively short time, and unless you are a professional athlete, your life may not be dramatically affected.

A broken back however might take years of physiotherapy to resolve, or cause permanent paralysis.

Whatever your injury, you will also be entitled to claim for your out-of-pocket expenses. It is therefore important to keep any receipts for medical expenses, travel, or childcare safe so that you can provide evidence of your losses. Your solicitor will advise you on this point as well, to make sure you receive everything you are entitled to.

If you have sustained an injury as a result of a lorry accident, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist personal injury solicitor free of charge. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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