Millions of people across the UK drive as part of their jobs. Some driving jobs can be particularly dangerous, but there are steps we can take to reduce the chances of accidents occurring. Let’s take a look at some of the main risks of driving for work right now.
Risks of driving for work
HGV drivers make their way up and down the nation’s motorways for hours on end, often in the middle of the night. Driving such heavy-duty vehicles for such long periods of time can be incredibly tiring, and the fact so much driving takes place at night means many drivers experience visibility problems.
Driving instructors also face significant dangers as part of their jobs and need to have extremely quick reactions due to the fact they are training new as-yet-unlicensed drivers. Those that drive at night are also more likely to share the roads with drivers who have been breaking the law by consuming significant amounts of alcohol before getting behind the wheel. This is another reason why they need to remain extra cautious at all times. Even though there are fewer vehicles on the road at night, the roads tend to be more dangerous after dark.
Those that drive as part of their jobs are advised to take regular breaks, stick to designated routes, ensure their vehicle is fit for purpose and in good working order and to check traffic and weather news regularly. One of the other risks of driving for work is colliding with someone who has fallen asleep behind the wheel. It’s natural to sleep at night, so it’s no wonder so many accidents do occur on the road during the small hours due to drivers drifting off.
A no-win, no-fee* basis
If you have been injured whilst driving for work and the accident wasn’t your fault, we may well be able to help. At Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve been helping people who have been injured on the road due to the actions of others since 2000. We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and you don’t need to give us any money to start a claim. If you knew all about the risks of driving for work and did what was expected of you but came to harm anyway, we may be able to help you get compensation. Call today on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) today to find out more about taking legal action.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice