If you are employed as a driver, you’ll spend more time on the road than the average person, which means your risk of being involved in a road traffic accident increases. The term ‘driving professional’ covers anyone who spends their working day driving, including car drivers, van or lorry drivers, driving instructors, bus and train drivers and taxi drivers. The road can be a dangerous place, and if you’re injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you could claim for compensation.
Causes of driving accidents
There are many situations which could lead to a driving accident. For example, if your employer has provided you with a faulty or unsafe vehicle which isn’t roadworthy, you could be involved in an accident. Perhaps you drive a specialist vehicle such as a forklift truck, but haven’t received the necessary training? This is a prime example of employer negligence, and if you’ve been injured as a result of this, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Working Time Regulations
The Working Time Regulations protect all workers, but you’ll find a special section which applies to professional drivers. This limits the amount of time they can legally spend behind the wheel each day and ensures that they are entitled to regular breaks from work. No professional driver can drive for more than 9 hours a day, and they must take a break of at least 45 minutes every 4.5 hours – so in a typical 9 hour shift they would take a minimum of one 45 minute break. This not only protects drivers but also their passengers and anybody else on the road, as being over-tired is one of the major causes of road traffic accidents in the UK.
How we can help
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident or have been injured at work through no fault of your own whilst driving, Accident Advice Helpline can help you.
Just give us a call on our freephone number on 0800 689 0500 – we’re here 24/7 – and one of our team of personal injury compensation specialists will be happy to chat to you in confidence, with no obligation to proceed. Because we’re accredited by Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, and Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion is our sponsor, you know that you can rely on us to provide you with a professional service.
We’ve been processing claims for people just like you who have been injured on the road for over 13 years, and our 100% no win, no fee service ensures you keep more of your money, should your claim be successful. Call us today and see how we can help you!
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown