HGV & Lorry Accident Claims

Road accidents involving lorries and HGVs are often very serious, with the potential for catastrophic damage and injury. If you have been involved in a lorry or HGV accident you may be entitled to substantial compensation to help you to deal with the consequences.

Lorry and HGV accident claims are often complex, requiring specialist handling from the outset to ensure you have the best chance of receiving the maximum possible compensation. With decades of expertise in these types of high-value road traffic accident claims, our team can offer friendly, empathetic support and pragmatic legal guidance to help you get the right outcome for your claim.

Our serious road accident lawyers represent all of our clients on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost or financial risk to you for pursuing a claim. We are able to resolve most claims with an out-of-court settlement, making it faster, simpler and less stressful for you to secure compensation for a lorry or HGV accident.

Unsure what to expect when making a lorry or HGV accident claim? Take a look at our guide to the personal injury claims process.

To arrange a free initial consultation on starting a HGV or lorry accident claim, you can fill out our simple contact form with the basic details of your claim or use the contact details below to get in touch, or call the number at the top of this page.

Call: 0800 161 5709                       Request a callback

Our expertise with HGV and lorry accident compensation claims

Our personal injury solicitors have strong specialist expertise in pursuing compensation for all types of road traffic accidents, including those involving lorries and other Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). Over the years we have earned a reputation for securing fair settlements for even the most high-value, complex and contentious claims.

We aim to remove as much uncertainty as possible from what can be a very stressful situation. Our road traffic accident lawyers can quickly assess your case and offer an honest assessment of your chances of winning compensation. We can then provide a highly accurate valuation for your claim, meaning you will have clear idea of how much you may be entitled to.

With the benefit of our experience and strong skills with out-of-court settlements, we can usually agree compensation voluntarily with the defendant in most cases. This allows you to avoid court proceedings wherever possible, saving you time, money and stress without compromising on the amount of compensation available.

To find out more about our expertise with your specific type of road traffic accident claim, please get in touch.

How we make claiming compensation for a lorry or HGV accident easier for you

Our lorry and HGV accident solicitors will guide you through the entire claims process, giving you the empathetic personal support you need to get a fair settlement as soon as possible with the least stress possible.

Contacting our lorry and HGV accident claims lawyers

Worried about claiming compensation? Or maybe you’re unsure what you need to do or what to expect? This is entirely normal. We understand that for most people this is likely the first legal dispute they have been involved in and that this may be the first time you have ever dealt with a lawyer. Our goal is to make the whole process straightforward and stress-free for you.

To start a claim for lorry or HGV accident compensation, all you need to do is get in touch and tell us about your accident – we will then guide you through the rest.

To make this as easy as possible, we offer various options for getting in touch with our team, including:

Our team will also be happy to visit you in hospital or in your home if required and you can always visit us at our central Liverpool office at:

Smooth Law Limited

The Vault,

6 Deacon Park,

Moorgate Road S,


L33 7RX

Investigating serious road traffic accident claims

Your claim will be based on establishing two key points:

  1. That the defendant is legally responsible for your injuries.
  2. The level of compensation to which you are entitled.

Evidence from various sources, including witnesses, doctors and other professional experts, will be needed to build your case and prove these two points. Our road traffic accident lawyers can ensure this evidence is collected and presented effectively, giving you the best chance of securing a favourable outcome.

Out of court settlements for HGV and lorry accident claims

Almost all of the road traffic accident claims we handle are settled out of court. This approach allows you to get fair compensation for your claim while allowing you to avoid court proceedings.

We offer strong skills in negotiation, mediation and other types of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), meaning we can typically get you compensation faster and with lower legal fees without compromising on the level of damages we can secure for you.

Court proceedings for lorry and HGV compensation claims

While court action is rarely required, our litigation team has strong experience with court proceedings for a wide variety of matters giving us the expertise you need if an out-of-court settlement cannot be achieved.

We work with a number of specialist barristers and other professional experts, so can make sure you have access to the best available legal advice and practical support for every stage of court proceedings.

No win, no fee lorry and HGV accident claims

We represent all of our clients pursuing road traffic accident compensation using Conditional Fee Agreements, commonly called ‘No Win, No Fee’ deals.

With a no win, no fee lorry or HGV accident claim, there is no cost to you to start a claim and you will only need to pay our fees if we secure compensation for you. If we don’t win compensation for you, then you won’t need to pay our fees – hence the term ‘no win, no fee’.

The advantage of this approach is that it means everyone has the option of pursuing a compensation claim where appropriate without taking on any financial risk.

Lorry and HGV accident claims FAQs

Is there a time limit for lorry and HGV accident claims?

With any types of personal injury claim, you normally have 3 years from the date of the injury to claim compensation. However, there are some circumstance where the time limit can be extended.

If you only became aware of the injury later – The 3-year time limit will be counted from the ‘date of knowledge’ i.e. the date when you became aware of the injury.

If the injured party was under 18 – Their parent/s or guardian can bring a claim until the child turns 18. If this is not done, the child can bring their own claim once they turn 18, with the final deadline being their 21st birthday.

If the injured party does not have the mental capacity to make a claim – There is no time limit for someone else to claim on their behalf.

If you need to claim for someone who has died – You usually have 3 years from the date of death to claim.

How much compensation can you claim if you are injured by a lorry or HGV?

The compensation for a HGV or lorry accident will be based on a number of factors, including:

  • The seriousness of your injuries
  • Any specific financial losses due to your injuries e.g. private medical fees, lost income etc.
  • Any non-financial impact on your life e.g. loss of independence, not being able to carry out activities you previously enjoyed
  • Any expected future financial losses as a result of your injuries e.g. paying for ongoing care, reduced earning potential

Thanks to our extensive experience with HGV and lorry accident claims, we can provide a realistic estimate of your claim’s likely value at the outset, giving you a clear idea of how much compensation you may be able to achieve.

How long do road traffic accident claims take?

This entirely depends on the circumstances, but where the defendant accepts liability, it is often possible to negotiate an out-of-court settlement in a matter of months. However, where liability or the level of damages are in dispute, securing compensation can take significantly longer.

Start an HGV or lorry accident compensation claim today

To arrange a free initial consultation on starting a compensation claim for a lorry or HGV accident, you can fill out our simple contact form with the basic details of your claim or use the contact details below to get in touch.

Call: 0800 161 5709                       Request a callback

Smooth Top Tip

The braking distance for a HGV is much greater than a normal vehicle. Give these vehicles plenty of room. Many lorry drivers on our roads and motorways are non-UK nationals. If you are involved in a collision it is worth remembering to call the Police who have access to translators, especially helpful in obtaining insurance details.

Personal Injury

We have decades of experience in dealing with injury claims arising from any scenario and our lawyers are member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). We deal with the following accident claims:

  • Trips and slips
  • Accidents at work
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Supermarket Slips and falls
  • Falls from Heights Injuries through lifting heavy objects
  • Injuries caused through lack of training.

All ready to begin? Start your claim now.