Commercial & HGV Accidents Compensation Claims
Road traffic accidents are perhaps the most obvious risk facing individuals who drive at work and employers should ensure that all vehicles are properly maintained to reduce the risk of personal injury.
The numbers of hours a driver is expected to work should also be limited to avoid fatigue which can lead to accidents. Drivers of heavy goods vehicles and some other commercial vehicles have tachographs fitted to ensure that they take regular breaks. However this only applies to the time spent once the vehicle is driven and not to any time that may have been spent at work before this.
A vehicle used for work should be regarded as work equipment and as a consequence an employer should ensure that it is safe for its intended use and in particular that it can be driven safely by each individual required to use it. This may require an ergonomic assessment as well as advice and training regarding the way in which the seat and steering wheel are set up just as with any other work station.
High sided vehicles should be loaded in such a manner to ensure that the vehicle itself is stable and there is no increased risk of tipping over when cornering or driving on exposed roads.
Employers should ensure that weather conditions are suitable for driving and take appropriate steps to warn employees where this may not be the case. Suitable training should also be provided to ensure that drivers can appreciate when weather conditions may become hazardous.
At Sintons our personal injury specialists have a wealth of experience in pursuing successful compensation claims arising from accidents involving HGVs and commercial vehicles.
All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.
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