When accident statistics are released, the number for different kinds of vehicle is usually expressed as accidents per x miles travelled, so it should come as no surprise that the more miles driven, the more likely, statistically, you are to have a road traffic accident. Statistics are not some kind of guarantee, however – just because you drive for a living you are not necessarily more likely to have a crash, but there are certain factors which do come to the fore when more miles are travelled and possibly in a vehicle which is more than averagely difficult to drive.
Dangers of driving for a living and when they increase
Accident Advice Helpline lawyers are used to taking calls from lorry drivers who have been injured when driving or when unloading or loading their vehicles. There are many regulations relating to driving hours and also maintenance requirements of lorries and other heavy vehicles and when these are neglected or ignored, accidents are frequent and often serious. When driving accidents happen and they are not your fault, they can be caused by employer negligence – in other words inadequate maintenance or pressure to drive long hours – or by another driver on the road, either in a car or another lorry.
Driving when tired
There are a number of UK and EU regulations about driving hours and distances for those who drive heavy vehicles but many others who drive for a living are not officially covered by these. People who simply need to cover a lot of miles in a day, such as sales reps or managers of multiple sites may end up driving when tired and this can be very dangerous. If you have had a road traffic accident whilst at work, you would need to prove that you have taken adequate breaks and rest periods to reduce the dangers of driving. The consumer champion Esther Rantzen has often spoken out about the necessity to take adequate breaks and also the need for employers to be realistic in their expectations of their employees. When making a personal injury compensation claim relating to an accident whilst driving for work purposes, you would need to prove that your employer had made unreasonable demands as regards the miles driven and this can be hard to decide upon. Using your own common sense is by far the best way of reducing the dangers of driving for a living.
Date Published: September 23, 2013
Author: David Brown