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Costs Of Road Traffic Collisions
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Health and Safety
Health and safety legislation is continually being tightened and interpreted more and more strictly, new corporate manslaughter legislation is placing an ever increasing burden of responsibility on companies, and individuals within companies.
It is estimated that a third of all road traffic accidents involve somebody who is at work at the time.
Statistics show that 95% of road traffic accidents involve human error.
‘Accident’ is a very misleading word, it implies that something just happened, that it was unavoidable.
‘Collision’ or ‘Crash’ would perhaps be a more accurate description, because somebody is usually responsible.
As somebody is responsible, it follows that the collision would have been avoidable had that person taken a better course of action.
The responsibility does not rest only with the driver.
The company cannot absolve itself simply by making sure that the vehicle is taxed, insured, and MOT’d, and that the driver is licenced.
An employee using a potentially dangerous and expensive piece of machinery on company property would receive proper training,
both in it’s use, and safety procedures.
Why should this be any different in a car on the road?
A driver may hold a licence, but what is their driving like?
Have they only recently passed the driving test?
Have they held a licence for years, but done very little driving?
Have they only driven locally, but now need to drive long distances for work?
Are they experienced, but have not learnt from their experience?
Do they have a safe attitude to driving?
Possession of a driving licence does not answer any of these questions
An employee involved in a road traffic collision could cause not only themselves to be in trouble, but also their managers, all the way up to the chief executive, could find themselves in court.