The page below contains information on how to make a car accident at work claim. Whether you make a car accident claim against your employer or another road user may depend on the circumstances of the incident. The process of making a personal injury claim for an accident at work or an accident against another road user may also be different with the introduction of the Whiplash Reform Program which we will talk about later on in the guide.
Please consider though, that all claims are at least partially unique. And because of this, we might not answer all of your questions in this short guide. However, we can offer you the services of our claim advisors. They can provide you with any additional answers you need. You can call them on 0161 696 9685. Alternatively, request a call back using our contact form.
Select A Section:
- What Are Employee Car Accident At Work Claims?
- What Happens If You Have A Car Accident At Work?
- Steps You Could Take To Make A Car Accident At Work Claim
- Who Is Liable?
- Calculate Damages For A Work Vehicle Accident
- How To Start A No Win No Fee Car Accident At Work Claim
What Are Employee Car Accident At Work Claims?
If you are driving for work, and you have an accident, can you make a car accident at work claim? If you are involved in a car accident while at work depending on your circumstances if the accident was not your fault, you may make a personal injury claim for harm suffered against your employer or another road user.
If the accident was caused because your employer had been negligent. For example, provided you with a vehicle that was not road worthy and due to poor maintenance caused you to suffer a road accident in which you were injured then they would be liable for damages.
If the accident was nothing to do with your employer but was caused by the negligence of another road user then you would claim against them for any injuries suffered.
That said on May 21st 2021 the government introduced The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 which brought about a change in how adult drivers and passengers now make a personal injury claim if their injuries are valued at £5000 or below. These claimants would need to use the online portal provided by the government. There is also a set of tariffs that apply in these cases.
There are a number of bodies of regulations that could apply in a claim for a car accident at work. Below, we have provided some links to those that we think you may need to refer to. Alternatively, our advisors can give you some advice about these regulations.
What Happens If You Have A Car Accident At Work?
Who can make a car accident at work claim? If you are injured in a car accident whether it is a work vehicle or not you can only claim for injuries suffered if the accident was caused by the negligence of a third party.
There is a variety of legislation such as the ones mentioned above that apply a duty of care to your safety. When you are driving on the road, The Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code state that road users must drive in the same manner as any competent driver. No injuries should be caused because of negligence.
While at work you are also protected by the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974. This places a duty of care on your employer to keep you as safe as can be expected while working.
When this duty of care is breached and you are injured as a result you can pursue a personal injury claim. Even if you are partially at fault but your employer or another road user is also liable you may still be able to claim.
How Could You Be Injured?
There are many ways that you can be injured in a car accident. Form trivial cases of whiplash, to fatal road traffic accidents. Below are a few examples.
- Head injuries
- Fractured bones
- Sprains and strains
- Facial scarring
- Back injuries
Fatal Road Traffic Accident Statistics By Mode Of Transport
Using the information provided by the charity Brake, we have compiled this graph showing how many fatalities on the road and in which mode of transport.
Steps You Could Take To Make A Car Accident At Work Claim
What happens when I have an accident at work? When making a personal injury case for a car accident at work claim, you will need to gather as much supporting evidence to back up your case. We have covered some of the things you can do below.
- Make sure to report the accident to your employer. Also, fill in the accident book if applicable.
- Seek professional medical attention, even for seemingly trivial injuries.
- Get the contact details of any witnesses.
- Gather information about the drivers and vehicles involved.
- Take photographs of the cause of the accident. You could also try to secure any CCTV footage available.
If you intend to make a car accident at work claim, you need to show who was liable for the accident. A personal injury claim will not be possible if you cannot do this. In the following subsections, we look at who might be liable in what scenario.
When Employees Could Be Liable
If you caused the hazard that resulted in an accident, you may be liable yourself. In exactly the same way as you would in any road traffic accident. Regardless of the fact you were driving for work. Speak to a personal injury lawyer to find out if you might be liable.
When Employers Could Be Liable
If your employer has provided you with an unsafe vehicle, they could be liable for an accident that this caused. You can speak to a personal injury solicitor for advice on how to prove a car accident was not your fault.
Other Parties Who Could Be Liable
It may be that your accident was caused because of the negligence of another road user or poor road conditions. In these instances, the claim would be made against either the other road user or maybe the local council or highway agency.
Calculate Damages For A Work Vehicle Accident
When a personal injury claim is successful the claimant can be awarded up to two types of damages. General damages will look to compensate for the pain and suffering the injuries have caused the claimant.
If the claimant qualifies for general damages they could also ask to be compensated for special damages. These are financial losses or expenses caused because of the personal injury.
We made this table based on the Judicial College guidelines used by the legal system. Special damages, for loss of earnings, would be unique to your claim so are not included in this table.
|Health Problem||Severity||Possible Damages||More Info|
|Jaw fracture||Very serious||£28,610 to £42,730||For example, multiple fractures that require very long treatment and could have permanent effects.|
|Toe Injuries||Moderate||Up to £9,010||A fracture of the toes or exacerbated degenerative injury. This could also include lacerations affecting one or more toes.|
|Facial Disfigurement||Significant facial scarring||£8,550 to £28,240||Where applied cosmetic surgery has reduced most of the scarring. But there are still some cosmetic effects that produce psychological problems.|
|Bowels||Total loss of function||Up to £140,870||For example, loss of function of the bowel, and the need for a colostomy bag to be used.|
|Chest Injuries||Relatively simple injury||£11,820 to £16,860||For example, a single puncture, which will have no long term consequences.|
|Neck Injuries||Severe (i)||In the region of £139,210||Incomplete paraplegia or despite wearing a collar 24 hours a day no movement.|
|Back Injuries||Severe (i)||£85,470 to £151,070||Very serious damage to the back. Serious injuries involving damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, lead to serious injuries not often found in back injuries.|
|Ankle Injuries||Severe||£29,380 to £46,980||When a prolonged period of treatment is required and/or where pins and plates are inserted and there is a significant residual disability in the form of ankle instability or severely limited walking ability.|
|Eye Injuries||Loss of sight in one eye||£46,240 to £51,460||A small risk of sympathetic ophthalmia is factored into this award. Scarring in the eye region that is not sufficiently severe to warrant a separate award is appropriate for the upper end of the bracket.|
|Foot Injuries||Modest||Up to £12,900||Undisplaced metatarsal fractures, sprains and ligament injuries will be considered in this bracket.|
How To Start A No Win No Fee Car Accident At Work Claim
Why not opt for a No Win No Fee solicitor to process your claim. Under a No Win No Fee agreement you don’t pay your lawyer any fees until the claim is won. If you have more questions about a car accident at work claim, contact our team using the info below. They will also explain the time limit.
Telephone: 0161 696 9685.
Webchat and contact form.
Employee And Vehicle Accident Claim Resources
Here are some useful links.
Below, you can find links to lots more guides on accidents at work:
- Accidents at work FAQ
- How to make an accident at work claim
- Finger injury at work claims
- Shoulder injury at work claims
- Building and construction site accident claims
- Broken finger at work claims
- Warehouse accident claims
- Eye injury at work claims
- How do you make a claim for a broken foot at work?
- How do you make a head injury at work claim?
- Claiming for injuries after a scaffolding accident
- Serious accident at work – how to claim
- Broken ankle at work claims
- Industrial accident claims
- How long after an injury at work can I claim?
- Slip and fall at work compensation payouts
- What are the most common accidents at work?
- What is the process of making a work accident compensation claim?
- I suffered a broken bone at work, how do I claim?
- Factory accident claims
- How does a hand injury at work claim work?
- How to claim for falling down the stairs at work
- Make a claim if you slipped on a wet floor at work
- Carpal tunnel injury compensation payouts
- Am I eligible to make a leg injury at work claim?
- Injury at work claim – what you need to know
- Can you sue your employer if you get hurt on the job?
- How does an accident at work claim work?
- How to find the best accident at work claims company
- Temporary workers rights after an accident at work
- Can I sue Amazon for an injury at work?
- Can I sue Amazon as an employee after a workplace accident?
- I was injured due to gross misconduct at work
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