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Driver accident claim
If you are employed as a driver then the chances are that you will be out on the road far more than the average, and with increased driving comes increased risk of being involved in a road traffic accident. If there has been a collision then your claim will usually be against another road user, but your employer is responsible when:
- The equipment provided is faulty.
- The vehicle you are asked to drive is unsafe.
- No training is given in the use of specialist vehicles or equipment.
- You are not advised upon the need to take regular breaks from driving.
- Your job includes delivery of large and heavy items that need to be manually handled.
An employer’s duty of care
Your employer has a duty to:
- Provide safe equipment and roadworthy vehicles.
- Provide any necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
- Train staff in the operation of specialist equipment and vehicles.
- Ensure compliance with the Working Time Regulations 1998 which specify the need for regular breaks from driving and the limits on the time that can be spent behind the wheel.
- Training in safe lifting and carrying, and the provision of equipment to eliminate the need for manual handling wherever possible.
If you are a professional driver, such as a car, van, lorry, taxi or bus driver and you have had an accident at work which was someone else’s fault then you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim.
Thank you again for everything, I am so happy that I can finally look towards the future and start drawing a line under the accident and putting it in the past where it belongs...I don't think I've felt this happy in ages, it's like a massive weight has been lifted from my shoulders just knowing that it's all done.
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