Staveley Head

November 26, 2010 01:00 ET

The Dangers of Driving for a Living

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - Roadsafe, a road safety partnership of leading companies in the motor and transport industries, have released some startling statistics of the number of road accidents involving people who drive on company business. They claim that compared with other static work places almost three times as many drivers are killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads, whilst driving on company business.

They maintain that between 25% and 33% of all road traffic accidents involve drivers who are travelling for work related purposes. This equates to between 850 and 1,100 being killed and between 90,000 and 118,000 being seriously injured on Britain's roads every year during the course of their employment duties.

In addition to the distress caused to the families and friends of those killed and injured, road accidents frequently have a negative effect on staff morale and can damage a company's image if a liveried vehicle is involved in an accident. The financial cost to the company is frequently considerably higher than the resulting insurance claim. The cost of lost orders, business interruption, legal costs and lost time in wages may not be recoverable.

A spokesman for Staveley Head, a leading comprehensive UK van insurance provider, said "If a driver is involved in a fault accident and has comprehensive insurance the damage to his own vehicle and all losses incurred by the third party will be indemnified by his own insurance. The extent to which any other of his losses will be covered will depend on the policy wording. Additional policies are available, such as Goods in Transit and Commercial Combined, which cover most eventualities."

The Health and Safety (Offences) Act (2008) and the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007) impose severe penalties on organisations that fail to adhere to the correct management of health and safety. Even so, on-the-road safety is the one aspect of work related safety that receives the least attention by employers. Recent research shows that 79% of organisations have not compiled a vehicle risk-management strategy.

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