Fleet operators have a responsibility to ensure that their drivers are aware of road safety and how to utilise it while they are driving company vehicles. Many road traffic accidents are caused by road users who are driving for work therefore employers should be thinking about how to combat this. The drivers of heavy goods vehicles are particularly hazardous if they do not exercise road safety as they have many blind spots and are also extremely large vehicles. Vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, should also watch out for HGVs while on the road. Fleet operators should have a health and safety policy in place to protect their drivers from road accidents and also to protect the public from harm where necessary.
This means that they should make their drivers aware of their responsibility on the road and perhaps provide them with some basic road safety training. Some fleet drivers may have to take calls while they are out driving for a company, but they should be made aware that it is not acceptable to answer calls while on the move. In addition, they should be made aware of the main hazards to them on the road. Delivery vehicles may be extremely large therefore drivers should be given some training to ensure that they keep the public safe. If you have been involved in a collision in a delivery vehicle, you could be entitled to compensation.
When to make a claim
You may be able to make a claim for a collision with a delivery vehicle when the driver has exercised negligence on the road and is solely at fault. This means they may have been driving without looking properly at the road or they may have been using a phone while on the move. They may also have been driving for too long and could have fallen asleep at the wheel or they may have been speeding. If you wish to make a compensation claim for a road traffic accident, you may need some representation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury claims therefore we can help you to make your claim for compensation if you have been the victim of an accident that was someone else’s fault. Contact us free on our 24-hour helpline to discuss your claim at no obligation to you. We can help you to obtain the evidence you need to make your claim and we offer a no win, no fee* policy to ensure you are not under any financial strain when you make your claim with us.
Date Published: January 20, 2015
Author: David Brown