All jobs which require a large amount of driving, whether as the driver of an LGV, HGV or company car, present a high risk to employees. If you have suffered an injury in a work-related road traffic accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim financial compensation.
Whether your employer or another road user was at fault, the experienced accident claims lawyers at Express Solicitors can help you prepare a claim that will ensure you receive maximum compensation for any pain and suffering or loss of earnings caused by the accident.
To arrange for an initial consultation regarding your ‘no win, no fee’ accident claim, call 0161 904 4660 or complete our enquiry form and we will get back to you.
Claims against Employers
Unfortunately, intensive driving jobs can often lead to road traffic accidents. In some circumstances, these accidents are the fault of the employer, as they have failed to conduct adequate:
- risk assessment;
- vehicle maintenance;
- loading procedures;
- journey planning;
- driver training
At Express Solicitors, we understand how uncomfortable it can be to initiate a compensation claim against a past or current employer. Our accident claims team will provide legal advice, support and guidance throughout the course of your claim, helping you ensure you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled, without damaging your reputation or relations with your employer.
Claims against Other Road-users
The most common causes of work-related road traffic accidents include:
- use of a mobile phone whilst driving;
- observational errors
If your accident was caused by the negligence of another road-user, you may be eligible to claim financial compensation for your injuries. It is important that you contact a solicitor as soon as possible with the necessary knowledge and expertise to provide a full and frank appraisal of your case’s chances of success.
David Sutcliffe was working as a recovery operator in Keighley when he sustained a severe injury to his wrist that left him with a permanent disability. Two other law firms turned down his case before Express Solicitors not only took it on but also won him substantial damages of £115,000 in what proved to be a complex liability case.
David was out on a vehicle recovery job at Hebden Bridge for his employer when the accident happened. A hand brake failure on the vehicle he was recovering caused it to roll backwards and knock him off the back of his wagon, causing severe injuries to his arm and shoulder. He explains:
“I was knocked into the road and severely damaged my arm and shoulder. I was immediately taken to A&E and operated on that evening. The injury meant I was out of action for 16 weeks, during which I couldn’t work or drive and was in a great deal of pain. I approached two law firms, one of them a highly respected personal injury lawyers. Both of them said I didn’t have a case so I just left it. Then a year after the accident, I came across Express Solicitors by complete fluke. An investigator for the firm had come into my brother-in-law’s workshop looking for someone else and my brother-in-law got his card.
I called Express Solicitors, spoke to Robin Patey about the accident and he said he could bring a claim on my behalf. The rest is history.
“Robin got the papers from the previous lawyers and said I had a good case. I was amazed and reassured by his confidence, particularly as the other two law firms had none. It was because of this that I decided anything I won would be a bonus, so I was delighted at receiving £115,000.
“Robin and all his colleagues at Express Solicitors were supportive, pleasant and helpful.
No claim is going to be completely stress free but I can honestly say that the firm put me at ease and made me feel very confident because I knew I was in safe hands.”
£115,000 was agreed during a joint settlement meeting between Robin and the Defendant’s representatives.
Liability was settled on a 50/50 basis. Due to his injury, David had to leave the job he loved but is now employed in an office role by another recovery firm. He concludes: “Express Solicitors spotted I had a case where other law firms thought I had none. Robin fought it well and got me a great sum. I would highly recommend the firm to anybody who thinks they may have a case, it is always worth double checking!”
Contact Express Solicitors
According to studies conducted by the Department for Transport, individuals employed in driving jobs are often involved in accidents due to another individual’s negligence. Whether your road traffic accident was caused by fatigue, poor vehicle maintenance or a lack of adequate risk assessment, compensation is a legal entitlement, intended to help you pay for medical fees, rehabilitation costs and any loss of earnings incurred during a period spent out of work.
Call our 24/7 legal advice line on 0161 904 4660 or complete the contact form and we will get back to you.