Work related road safety
Anyone working in a job which requires them to be driving some or all of the time should be aware that the chances of being involved in a road accident are much higher if there is driving involved in your job. This is because of the frequency that you are likely to be on the road as well as the fact that you are more likely to be driving tired after driving for long hours.
There should be health and safety measures put in place to stop you from being at risk of an accident at work in Inverness when driving, and you should be prepared to stick to the rules and regulations religiously to prevent yourself from becoming involved in an accident at work in Inverness.
If you do sustain an injury as the result of an accident at work in Inverness, whether you were driving or not, you may be able to claim compensation from your company or the other driver. If you were driving for your job, there will be an overlap between whether this claim is considered an accident at work in Inverness, or an accident on the road, and you will need help with your claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is available on 0800 689 0500 to help you with your claim, by helping you to decide whether or not you have a good enough case for a successful compensation claim and whether you want to proceed or not. An experienced personal injury lawyer will then work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve, so that you don’t even have to go to court.
- Make a plan. A plan for road safety is the first thing that you and your employer should work out together. This will include how to drive safely over long periods of time (meaning taking breaks, or another driver), driving with larger vehicles and a lot of equipment or stock on board and so on. Anything which makes driving for work different from driving in your regular car should be considered.
- Assess the risks of the road. This can include bad weather, other vehicles, pedestrians and so on. The risks will generally be the same as you would experience driving your car for pleasure, but you should always know what risks there are and how you will deal with them, particularly if you drive a larger vehicle for work.
- Work out the dangers posed to yourself. As a driver, you should be taking into consideration any risks which are potential hazards for you yourself. This includes driving long distances and driving for long hours, and how this will affect your driving and your ability to focus.
- Make sure to make risk assessments. For any new journey there should be a risk assessment written so that you can make sure that you are aware of the potential dangers you are in.
Date Published: 15th May 2014
Author: David Brown