Keeping our streets clear of rubbish can be a risky business where cars, buses, and commercial vehicles are constantly passing by, so you might not be surprised to learn that Accident Advice Helpline receives regular enquiries relating to road sweeper accident claims.
If you have been injured by a vehicle or perhaps by simply tripping or falling due to an uneven pavement, pothole, loose paving slab, or kerb, and can prove the accident was not your fault, do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly advisers on our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. They will discuss the specifics of your case, and assuming they decide you have grounds for making a valid claim, will put you in touch with one of our in-house team of solicitors, each of whom is experienced in the law relating to personal injury claims.
The claims procedure when making a road sweeper accident claim
One of the key elements of making a successful claim for compensation is supplying a detailed medical report describing the extent of your injuries and the treatment you received. For this reason it is essential that you are examined by a doctor as soon as possible after the incident, even if you feel quite well and do not believe you need to seek medical attention. Remember, some injuries may not become apparent for several days, or even weeks afterwards. The chance of you being awarded the maximum compensation relies on the amount and quality of information you are able to provide. This typically includes photographs of the accident site, the names and addresses of any witnesses, and a note of your recollection of what happened.
Who pays and how much will I receive in my road sweeper accident claim?
As a road sweeper, you are likely to be employed by a local authority, council, or private contractor. All UK based companies and organisations that have people working for them have a duty of care to ensure their employees are kept safe. By law they must have adequate employers’ liability insurance in place. Therefore, if the accident was caused by their negligence; was due to defective equipment, or you not having received adequate training, then your claim will be paid by your employer’s insurance provider. If you have been injured by tripping or falling due to uneven paving or a pothole, for example, your claim will be covered by your employer’s public liability insurance. Similarly, if you have been injured in a collision with a motor vehicle, the driver must have third party insurance cover and any claim will be paid for by them.
It is not possible to provide an accurate estimate for the level of compensation you can expect to receive. Every case is unique and the compensation awarded depends on the specific injuries you have sustained; your income; how long you are unable to work for; and the long term effect the accident has on your life.
Whatever the case, you can rest assured that Accident Advice Helpline offers all clients the same high quality legal advice and representation on a no win no fee basis.
Date Published: July 30, 2014
Author: David Brown