Are you a bike courier working in Walsall who has been involved an accident?
If so, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you make a claim for compensation against your employer, assuming that they were liable for your accident.
Bike courier accidents
If you work as a bike courier then you will already be well aware of the potential dangers associated with your job. There are numerous ways in which you can be injured in an accident in Walsall, the most obvious being in a road traffic collision.
Whether you operate a push bike, or a motorbike, you will be significantly more vulnerable to accidents on the road than many other road users. This is because you will not be afforded the same level of protection as those that have the hard shell of a car or van around them. Any accident you are involved in is likely to have significantly more impact on your health and lifestyle than for anyone else. This is why it is vitally important that all steps are taken to ensure that you are kept as safe as possible.
Some of the safety associated with your job will fall to you. If you own your own bike and use this for work purposes then it is your responsibility to make sure that it is well maintained and serviced. You should ensure that the brakes are checked and work on a regular basis, as well as checking tyre pressure. You should also take responsibility to ensure that you are wearing the appropriate personal protection equipment, for example pads, helmet and even a high visibility jacket to ensure that your accident in Walsall is not caused because other road users could not see you during dark periods.
Your employer also has a responsibility to do all they can to ensure that you are kept safe. If they provide you with a bike to use then they have to make the same checks that you would do yourself if the bike was yours. They should also offer you suitable training on how best to load your bike to ensure that it is balanced with the packages and items that you are intending to deliver. If a bike is not loaded properly then this can cause the rider to be unbalanced, which in turn could cause an accident. Equally, items should not be so heavy that a rider or driver could be injured whilst lifting them. If you are required to lift objects make sure that your employer arranges for you to attend a special manual handling training course. This will help guard against the chance of injury occurring in an accident in Walsall.
Could you make a claim?
To find out whether or not you might be entitled to make a claim for compensation you can contact Accident Advice Helpline today and take our 30 second test. Or give our advisers a call by dialing 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 16th June 2014
Author: David Brown