A work vehicle could refer to any number of things. It could be a company car, a lorry or a truck. It might be a fork lift truck used to pick up pallets and similar loads. It might also include a variety of other vehicles such as buses or coaches.
The one thing everyone can be assured of when using any type of work vehicle is that it should always be safe to use. Vehicles used in the course of any work or task should be maintained regularly and fixed whenever anything goes wrong.
If a vehicle cannot be used there should be clear signage to indicate this. Workers should also be properly trained in how to use a particular vehicle if they are new to the business.
How serious might an accident in a work vehicle be?
An accident in a work vehicle might mean you bump into something while travelling at a very low speed. Alternatively it could refer to a high-speed impact. In other situations it might mean some aspect of the vehicle does not work as it should.
For example you might move to get out of the cab of a large lorry, only to slip and fall to the ground because the steps were not in good condition.
As you can see, there are all kinds of things that could potentially happen – many of which can be prevented when the proper steps are taken. Accident Advice Helpline has certainly spoken to a number of people who have been hurt in situations like these.
In many instances there is proof of negligence and this can help the person get a successful outcome when they start a compensation claim.
Could an accident like this be life-changing?
Yes it could. There are many situations in which an accident of this nature might result in a minor injury, or possibly no injuries at all. However not everyone is so lucky.
In some situations someone might be severely hurt or suffer multiple injuries as a result of what occurs.
An accident involving a fork lift truck might be quite serious, while any high-speed accident is more likely to result in serious consequences.
In every case though, you should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This will enable you to find out whether you can make a compensation claim in your situation.
Date Published: August 9, 2015
Author: Rob Steen