Businesses need to do more to raise standards and eradicate poor driving behaviour among their fleets, it is claimed.
The latest crash data from Lex Autolease shows that drivers of company cars were responsible for 41.5% of all accidents involving a company vehicle in 2012.
In other words, fleet members were found to be at fault for more than 18,000 of the 43,293 accidents they were involved in during the course of the year.
Some 19.6% of accidents were caused by a company car driver colliding with an immobile object, such as a bridge, building or wall, while 22% of incidents saw company drivers hit a third party vehicle.
Just 2.7% of the accidents involved collisions with pedestrians, cyclists or animals.
In comparison, third party vehicles were deemed responsible for collisions in 43.5% of incidents involving company vehicles.
The average cost of each ‘at fault’ claim, including repair costs, third party liabilities and rental costs for replacement vehicles, was £1,033.
This means Lex Autolease customers had to fork out £18.6 million during the 12-month period.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault then you could be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury claims, so why not see if you have a valid case. In the instance of car accidents claims, it must have happened within the last three years and you must have sought medical attention for your
Action to reduce accidents
Richard Harper, Head of Accident Services at Lex Autolease, wants to see businesses take action to reduce the number of accidents among their drivers.
“The need to address this problem is more acute at this time of year following the end of British Summer Time,” he said.
“The starting point for businesses is to understand why accidents occur. Once they have this information, they can take steps to reduce collisions such as driver training programmes, assessing time and work pressures on their drivers and eliminating unnecessary journeys.”
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Date Published: November 14, 2013
Author: David Brown