Work Vehicle Accidents.

Vehicle Accidents at Work Compensation Claims.

Accidents involving moving vehicles in the workplace occur most commonly in industries including transport, storage, and construction, largely due to the reliance of these industries on vehicles and heavy machinery.

However, an accident can potentially occur in any job that requires the use of a company vehicle.

If you have been involved in a vehicle related accident at work, whether you have been struck by a forklift in the warehouse or involved in a road traffic accident whilst driving a company vehicle, if the accident occurred due to somebody else’s negligence, you may have valid grounds on which to claim compensation.

In many professions, employees are required to drive work vehicles, such as a company car, van, or lorry, or to operate heavy machinery such as a forklift truck.

Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that the vehicle you are required to drive is in good working order and is safe to operate, as well as ensuring you are provided with the necessary training to operate such a vehicle. Any breach in your employer’s duty of care could constitute negligence, and if you are injured as a result of said negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), more than 5,000 people are injured in transport accidents at work each year, and there are around 50 fatalities from this type of accident annually in Great Britain. The main causes of injury by vehicles in the workplace are contact with moving machinery and being struck by a moving vehicle.

Here at Lanyon Bowdler, we understand the devastating effect that an accident of this nature can have on you and your family, which is why we take the time to listen to what has happened and really get to know you, thus enabling us to provide you with a legal service tailored to your individual needs.

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What is a Work Vehicle Accident?

Work related vehicle accidents often occur during the storage and handling of goods, for example moving products around a warehouse using a forklift or cherry picker. Workers in these high risk industries could potentially be involved in a vehicle accident at work such as:

  • Being struck by a moving vehicle
  • Being crushed between two vehicles
  • Being crushed between a vehicle and an object
  • Being hit by objects falling from vehicles
  • Falling from a tail-lift
  • Falling from a vehicle cab
  • Falling from a goods ramp
  • Being injured when a vehicle overturns

Whether you are a warehouse operative, delivery driver, sub-contractor, or a site visitor, if you are involved in an accident involving a vehicle at a workplace, and you sustain a serious injury, you may be able to claim compensation. Our team of specialist personal injury lawyers are on hand to listen to you and provide the necessary guidance to help you to pursue legal action against those responsible for your injuries.

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Your Vehicle Accident Compensation Questions Answered

What responsibility does my employer have to prevent a vehicle accident?

All employers have a legal obligation to ensure the safety and security of all employees and visitors to their site, this involves:

  • Carrying out regular risk assessments
  • Ensuring all vehicles and machinery are fit for purpose
  • Ensuring drivers are in a suitable state to operate the vehicle
  • Providing adequate training when employment commences
  • Providing additional training periodically as necessary
  • Ensuring driving surfaces are fit for purpose and well maintained
  • Communicating safety measures and potential risks to employees
  • Clearly signposting pedestrian routes and vehicle routes
  • Ensuring vehicle routes provide adequate space for passing and manoeuvring

Workplace vehicle accidents most commonly occur due to employer negligence, often resulting in harm to either employees or members of the public. If you have been the victim of a vehicle accident, which has left you injured, speak to our personal injury team today to find out what the next steps are.

What are the most common injuries from vehicle accidents at work?

Being involved in a vehicle accident in the workplace can have devastating and long-lasting effects both physically and mentally. Our personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience helping clients who have sustained a variety of different injuries, including:

  • Head injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Broken limbs
  • Loss of limbs
  • Nerve damage
  • Whiplash
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Fatality

This list is not exhaustive, and if you have sustained any kind of injury after being involved in a workplace vehicle accident, or if you have sadly lost a loved one in such an accident, please get in touch with our personal injury team as soon as you are able to. We’re on your team, and we want to help you seek justice and financial reparations for what you have endured.

What is a company car accident?

In many roles that require employees to travel frequently, to visit customers or make deliveries, for example, it is commonplace for employers to provide a company car or van. A company car accident is when you are involved in a road traffic accident whilst driving a company car.

Some of the most common causes of company vehicle accidents include:

  • Mobile phone use – Although it is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving, some drivers unfortunately choose to ignore the law, and many road traffic accidents are caused by drivers becoming distracted by using their phone whilst driving.
  • Driving under the influence – Unfortunately, despite it being illegal, some drivers do still get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, taking recreational drugs, or misusing prescription medication.
  • Tiredness – Drivers who get behind the wheel when tired are one of the major causes of accidents. Being tired can affect your concentration, slow your reaction times, impair your judgement, and affect your vision, with catastrophic results.
  • Driver error – This includes things like driving at an inappropriate speed, failing to check mirrors, poor judgement, lack of concentration, and driving erratically or aggressively, which can all cause accidents.

In some cases your company vehicle may be owned outright by your employer, and in some cases it may be part of a fleet leased from an external company. Either way, the legalities are somewhat different to driving your own vehicle, and if you have been involved in a road traffic accident in a company car, you may be wondering if you are still able to claim compensation from the responsible party.

If your employer has provided you with a vehicle for business purposes you should be covered under their company insurance policy. This means that, providing the accident was not your fault, you are still able to claim compensation from the responsible party.

Who is liable for a company car accident?

Employers have a duty of care to take all reasonably practicable steps to keep their employees safe whilst they carry out their jobs, both on and off site. For example, if you drive a company car, it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure it is fit for purpose before it is issued to you, as well as ensuring the vehicle is serviced regularly and is MOT tested in line with government regulations.

Any failure to uphold their duty of care can constitute negligence, and in the instance of a company car accident they could be held liable. For example, if the accident occurred due to the tyres not having the correct tread depth, or the brake pads being too worn, your employer could be held accountable and sued for compensation.

However, if the accident occurred due to a mistake on your part, it is you who would be liable. This could be due to a number of reasons, such as you not being properly licensed or insured, you were driving dangerously, or you were not driving in line with company driving policies.

If the accident was only partially your fault, you may still be able to make a split liability claim, and the compensation amount would reflect your share of the responsibility in causing the accident. If you are unsure about whether you have a valid compensation claim, please get in touch and our personal injury team will be happy to assist you.

What if the other driver is uninsured or untraceable?

If the accident was caused due to another driver, the usual protocol is to claim on their insurance. However, if they are uninsured, or they cannot be traced after the accident, you are still able to claim compensation. The Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB) was established to provide compensation for those involved in a road traffic accident with a driver who cannot be directly sued.

It is possible to apply to the MIB directly, but we would advise you to seek advice from a personal injury lawyer as the procedure can be somewhat confusing if you are not used to navigating legal processes. At Lanyon Bowdler we have assisted many clients in claiming compensation from the MIB successfully, so please get in touch as we’d love to help you to seek reparations for your company car accident.

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Contact Lanyon Bowdler’s Work Vehicle Accident Solicitors

We understand that people can feel uncomfortable about claiming compensation for a Work Vehicle Accident, especially if you are still employed by the business where the accident happened.

You can be assured that the team of personal injury solicitors here at Lanyon Bowdler are experienced at dealing with claims in a sensitive way, and will liaise with all the parties concerned on your behalf.

We have achieved high rankings from The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, two of the UK’s leading law industry guides, and each year we strive to go above and beyond our clients’ expectations to maintain our high level of accreditation. We represent clients across the West Midlands and surrounding areas, so wherever you are, if you would like to pursue a compensation claim after a work vehicle accident, please get in touch.

Give us a call or complete our online enquiry form, to see how we can help. We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford; we are able to act for clients wherever you may live in England or Wales.

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