Work Related Traffic Accident Claims
Carrs solicitors specialise in work related accidents. Work related Road Traffic Accidents are very different to other types of road traffic accident claim (often handled by call centre type claims companies) as they can involve liability arising from the condition and suitablity of the vehicle the way it has been loaded and the risk asessments undertaken by the driver's traffic manager and representing the victims of such accidents requires an understanding of the logistics industry and of the regulatory framework that applies to the transport industry in addition to the rules of the road. The average RoadtTafiicc Acident claimshanfdler may not be alive to these issues or have an understanding of the terminology or basic mechanics of the road haulage industry.
In the UK there are an estimated 40,000 traffic accidents that are thought to be work related. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, work car, lorry and HGV accidents are the largest overall cause of occupational fatalities. The need for specialist representation is key to the success of transport industry accident cases. At CarrsSolicitor we bring years iofexperience in dealing with work reatd roadtraffic accidents to include catstrophic and fatal injury cases from individuals and from trade union members.
Making a work related traffic claim
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the courts increasingly recognise the duties of commercial fleet operators to assess and manage the risks to which professional drivers are exposed and the liability for damages this creates in the event of a road traffic accident. All too often we see the employer try to pass resposibility to the driver who of course works remotely. This is all the more reason for adequate support and approppriate assessment of risk and tasking by fleet operators and we have had success over the years in holding employers to account in many cases where the injured driver is told they were on their own when something goes wrong.
If you would like a no obligation discussuion without charge we will happily advise you on the merits and procedure in relation to a work related traffic accident case. We will visit you and will arrage for any medical expert appointments to be local to the client and we can be contacted throughout the claim during or out of office hours.
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure all work vehicles are in a safe, working condition and suitable in all respects that affect health and safety for the task.hyey also havea duty to institut and enforce safe workind practices and wil be liable where unsafe practics have been condoned- even where the driver is partly at fault.
Employers also have a duty to ensure that their employees are safe to drive at all times and that they are not brought under pressure to exceed their drivers hours or given unrealistic loading or delivery schedules and that safe working practice in terms of seat belt usage and regular training and refresher courses are given. Journeys must be correctly planned and risk assessed by the employer to take account of road and weather conditions and drivers should be supported when they use their professional judgment to pull up or refuse to go out whether conditions are unsafe. We have acquired very considerable experience at securing evidence of behaviours by employers that run against a culture of safety and of securing very substantial damages for employees who have suffered serous injry as a result. As far as the courts are concerned drivers are most certainly not alone in their reesponsibities on the road but it requires a different approach and a greater degre of experience and service on the part of the legal reprsentative to ensure success in such cases.
How we can help
We bring many years experience at winning road traffic accident compensation claims acting for professional heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, motorcycle couriers and other professional drivers both against third parties, employers, and those responsible for loading and operating any commercial vehicles. We offer solicitor representation, hard won expertise, common sense and access to the best specialist counsel in representing professional drivers involved in road traffic accidents in the course of their work.
We act on a No win-No fee basis so there are no up front payments and nothing to pay if the case fails we only seek a contribution towards the costs of the case from any damages sucessfully recovered with the client keeping the majority of the damages so they are never out of pocket. We are able to offer special terms to tade union members and or persons covered by legal expenses insurance which we check out for all our clients whereby there would be no contribution to pay win or lose.