Broken down on hard shoulder or blown a flat on the dual carriageway? Spare a thought for the roadside mechanic who puts their safety on the line to repair your vehicle. Most of us have breakdown cover these days, whether organised independently or through our insurer, and whichever company you are with, you can rely on them to send a mechanic to help you get back on the road, or tow your vehicle to a garage, within a short period of time. Working as a roadside mechanic can be a risky job, and if you’re a mechanic who has been injured, you could find yourself eligible to claim roadside mechanic injury compensation.
With 15 years’ experience, Accident Advice Helpline is your one-stop shop for all personal injury claims – our expert advisors are on hand with the advice and information you need to claim the compensation you deserve.
Roadside mechanics at risk on the roads
It might not sound like the most dangerous job there is, but working as a roadside mechanic can actually be pretty risky. You’ll usually be repairing vehicles on the hard shoulder of the motorway, in a lay-by or pulled over to the side of a busy road – and that means there is the risk of being struck by oncoming traffic.
If you’re working for a breakdown company, your employer should ensure that you’re aware of health and safety procedures and how to carry out your job safely – if they fail to do so and you’re injured at work, you could claim roadside mechanic injury compensation.
Here are a few examples of claims we have dealt with for injuries sustained by roadside mechanics:
- Head injuries after being hit by an oncoming vehicle
- Crush injuries from being crushed between two vehicles
- Broken bones, cuts and bruises after being clipped by a vehicle passing too close by
- Whiplash after being rear-ended whilst towing a vehicle to a garage
- Facial injuries from faulty repair equipment or an exploding tyre
- Burns from handling hot engines or vehicle parts without protective gloves
Who’s at fault?
As you can see, it can be a dangerous job, but if you’ve been injured, you could make a 100% no win, no fee claim with Accident Advice Helpline. You may have been injured by a dangerous driver, or perhaps your employer hasn’t provided you with the training or equipment needed to carry out your job without risk of injury.
Whatever has happened, we can help if somebody else is to blame for your accident. Call our freephone 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you have a viable claim today.
Date Published: October 26, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton