If you think that a farmyard delivery accident won’t happen to you, then bear this in mind. The agricultural industry has one of the highest number of fatal accidents compared to other industries. Whilst only 1.7% of the UK’s workforce are employed in agriculture, farmyard delivery accidents and other agricultural accidents account for 16% of fatalities, with an average of 49 people killed whilst working in the industry each year.
Farms can be a dangerous place to work, but if you’re only a driver delivering feed or other supplies, you should be safe, right? Unfortunately, there are a whole host of things which could lead to accidents occurring, from vehicle mechanical failure to hitting overhead power lines with your vehicle, and injuries and fatalities are not uncommon.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a farmyard delivery accident, making a claim for personal injury compensation should be carefully considered. If somebody else’s negligence has caused your accident and subsequent injury, they could be held liable should you make a claim. Don’t forget that a three-year time limit is in place for claims of this nature.
How have you been injured?
Delivering goods to a farm could cause an accident that leaves you injured – here are just a few examples of the types of things that could go wrong:
- Vehicle or equipment striking an overhead power line
- Crushed by a fault with your vehicle
- Injured by equipment/materials on site used for delivery
- Struck by objects falling from height
Whether you have escaped with minor cuts and bruises or have been seriously injured, you could claim compensation for your pain and suffering. If someone you love has been killed in a farmyard delivery accident, you could claim compensation on their behalf.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we know that working in the farming industry is dangerous, but we don’t think that delivery drivers should be put at risk due to negligent farmers and their staff. So if you have been injured through no fault of your own, we’re here for you. Since 2000, we have been helping members of the public claim the compensation they deserve and we can help you too – just pick up the phone and call our 24/7 freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 for confidential, no-obligation advice. Our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, giving you one less thing to worry about when you call.
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Author: David Brown