Courier drivers are not the most obvious selection when it comes to dangerous careers but these delivery people are actually up there in the top 20 when it comes to road traffic accidents.
There are various types of courier driver jobs that have similar safety issues due to being on the road for long periods of time with strict deadlines and normally travelling by motorbike or bicycle.
Pizza delivery drivers
We expect to have our pizza delivered still hot on the back of a moped or motorbike, in fact I remember at least one company offered a money back scheme if the pizza was not delivered within a certain time frame. This encourages the driver to ride more dangerously and take shortcuts but the risk is somewhat offset by having the correct safety gear such as helmets and padded clothing as well as the company being fully insured.
If you are delivering newspapers over a large area it is quite possible you will use a bicycle to cover the ground. This is not necessarily unsafe unless you are distracted by checking your paper bag and do not fully concentrate on the road. When concentration is lost the chance of accidents on the road increases.
Bike couriers are common in some cities as a fast way to get high value items to their destination and avoid traffic. The speed these riders go at and the risks they take can increase the chances of accidents on the road.
For all couriers there is also a high risk of being robbed or held up, particularly if you are carrying a high value item. In the United States of America it is not uncommon to hear of couriers held up at gunpoint.
Making a compensation claim as a courier driver
If you have suffered a road traffic injury while working as a courier you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Your employer has a responsibility to keep you safe at all times during the working day so an injury may not be your fault in this case.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, and we can help you make a claim on a no-win no-fee* basis. Our legal team has years of experience dealing with exactly this kind of case and most claims are dealt with over the telephone with no need for you to go to court.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice