Work Related Traffic Accident Claims
Carrs solicitors specialise in supporting victims who have been involved in a work related traffic accident.
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. In many of these cases there may not be a third party driver who is responsible but liability may still rest with the driver's employer.
Making a work related traffic claim
Your road accident may be because you were pressured into driving when tired or in hazardous weather conditions. 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.
Even if you are not strictly employed as 'a driver', but you have to drive as part of your work, you may still be entitled to recover compensation in circumstances where we can establish that a work related road traffic accident occurred because of breaches of your employer's legal duty of care.
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.
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.
If there is significant evidence that the underlying cause of the accident was due to your employer’s negligence for failing to provide a safe system of work or a suitable and sufficient risk assessment in accordance with Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, they could be held liable. We can help you pursue and road traffic accident claim and receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today on 0800 587 0746 for a free consultation.
How we can help
Our professional team of solicitors 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.