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Compensation for Vehicle Accidents in the Workplace

Many businesses will use vehicles (such as cars, vans and HGV’s) to deliver products and meet customers. There may be instances where an accident occurs and the employer can be held responsible for the behaviour of the driver. Even on the open road the driver must adhere to processes and boundaries to ensure he is fit to drive at all times. How this is defined will determine who is in fact ultimately responsible for the accident.

In the workplace itself, there may be vans, cars and HGV’s but the more common accidents are with vehicles which are used for loading and storage (commonly known as reach trucks). Statistically, the most dangerous vehicle in the workplace is the fork-lift truck.

When would employer liability arise?

The two main areas when an employer may be deemed responsible are:

  • Employer negligence – For instance the employer could be deemed to be negligent in the hiring or supervising of the employee. When a company hires someone that they know will be driving a company vehicle, the employer has a duty to exercise reasonable due diligence in order to make sure that the employee is a safe driver.
  • Negligent supervision – This refers more to the type of supervision the employee has received. Employers should have reasonable safety policies in place and should make sure all of their drivers comply with safety laws.

Common injuries caused by fork-lift trucks or other vehicles in the workplace:

  • The vehicle collides with a pedestrian
  • The vehicle causes items on high level racking to be pushed off the top of the racking or stack into a gangway on the other side thus injuring another person working on the other side.
  • The load has fallen from a vehicle onto a passer-by.
  • There is a collision with lockers, other objects or equipment causing that equipment to fall and injure a colleague.
  • Two vehicles collide.The vehicle is driven at speed and/or carelessly.

Making a claim

If you have had an accident in your workplace which has involved a vehicle and you feel someone else was at fault or there was an element of negligence on the part of your employer you can make a claim for personal injury compensation. Employers expect there to be compensation claims and they therefore factor this into their budgets by covering themselves with Employers’ Liability Insurance. At our expert solicitors can guide you through the process.

How we can help you claim compensation

At Workplace Accident Helpline our professional consultants specialise in helping people claim for accidents, illnesses or diseases which originate in the workplace. We guide you through the whole process on a no win-no fee basis. We will match the needs of your case and personal preferences with our panel of solicitors who are pre-screened experts in this type of claim. To make an enquiry simply fill in our compensation claim form or call us on 0800 327 7919

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