If you need something delivered quickly, you need a bike courier
One of the benefits of using a bike or bicycle courier to deliver packages is that invariably they can weave their way through traffic pretty quickly. This is because they are smaller and can literally bob in and out of traffic jams, or can utilise the many dedicated cycle paths throughout cities and town centres.
As a result they are often seen as a beneficial service to many business owners who need to get important documents and parcels to the other side of town quickly.
Unfortunately, due to the smaller nature of the transport bike and cycle, riders are at a greater risk of injury as a result of accidents on the road. This means that there is a chance that they will require the services of an expert solicitor in Helmsley who can help them make a claim for compensation should they wish to following an accident.
Accidents involving couriers
There are a wide number of ways in which a bike courier could be injured whilst performing their duties at work.
- Accidents on the road – this can take the form of a collision with another road user, for example, car driver or even a large vehicle such as a lorry or bus. Equally, accidents can be caused as a direct result of poorly maintained road surfaces and other dangerous road surfaces. Our solicitor in Helmsley has helped couriers make claims for injuries they have sustained as a result of accidents involving pot holes, excessive gravel or stone chippings on roads, unmarked raised iron works, as well as spillages and burst pipes.
- Lifting or manual handling accidents – due to the nature of the work couriers can be required to carry objects great distances. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that all couriers are fully trained in appropriate lifting and handling techniques to minimise the risk of injury. Equally all staff should be made aware of how to properly load packages to minimise the risk of overloading or destabilising their bike. Failure to do so can mean that a solicitor in Helmsley could be able to make a claim for compensation against the employer.
- Faulty equipment – if you have been injured as a result of using faulty equipment as a bike courier then you could make a claim. If the equipment has been provided by your employer then it is their responsibility to ensure that it is maintained and properly safety checked on a regular basis.
- Lack of PPE – for many couriers their employers provide them with suitable personal protection equipment to guard against the risk of injury following an accident. If your employer has failed to do this or does not make sure that the equipment you are provided is suitable for purpose, and you then have an accident, your solicitor in Helmsley may be able to help you make a claim.
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Date Published: 31st March 2014
Author: David Brown