While we are all at risk of experiencing accidents at work, some careers are simply more dangerous than others. This is true for truck drivers, who spend their days on the road, handling and delivering loads, and typically working heavy shifts. This concoction of factors is the ideal recipe for accidents at work.
Dangers of the trade: Truck drivers
Due to the sheer weight and size of trucks, should they collide with another vehicle on the road, the injuries are typically far more severe than those caused by standard road-related accidents.
Common truck driver injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Spinal cord damage
- Brain and head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Loss of limb
What to do if you are in a road traffic accident
Road accidents are extremely distressing, but if you are aware of how to handle the situation in the event of an accident on the road, you are in a stronger position to handle the situation and reassure yourself.
Try to stay calm following the road accident. Although emotions will be high your demeanour in the circumstances will be considered in court and it is in your best interest to demonstrate a co-operative and calm manner.
Whether you decide to attempt to claim compensation or not, you will need to collate various pieces of information at the time of the accident. If you do decide to go ahead with the claims process, this information will help ensure a streamlined work-related accident claim process.
What else do I need?
Information to gather at the scene of your road traffic accident, includes:
- The personal details of any other drivers – their name, address and contact number
- The insurance policy details of any other drivers
- Witness details where possible
- A police report number and/or completed collision care pack
- Photographs of any damage to all vehicles involved
Accident Advice Helpline
Should you wish to claim compensation for the harm you suffered due to your work-related traffic accident, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help.
So long as the accident in question occurred within the last three years and you are able to prove you are not at fault, Accident Advice Helpline will manage your claim on a no win no fee* basis, with the aim of recovering the compensation you deserve.
Call today on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, for a free initial consultation regarding your accident at work.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice