Road traffic accidents, the impact on your business and how, they can be avoided

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If your employees use vehicles in their line of their work then there is a chance they could be involved in a road traffic accident, whether it be their fault or somebody else’s. This can have a big impact on your business in several ways. Road traffic accidents can be extremely serious and sometimes fatal. This can not only affect the people involved in the crash but your entire workforce. This is especially the case with the victim’s team members or if your business only has a handful of employees who may suffer mental stress and anxiety as a result of what happened.

A road traffic accident can also impact your business financially. The employee involved in the accident is likely to need to take time off so this will impact productivity. Your employee, or others involved in the accident, may also bring a personal injury claim against your business. As a result, it is important that you try to avert accidents as much as possible to maintain the safety of your workers and protect your business. Leading legal firm First4Lawyers has this advice about what can you do to achieve this?

Make sure your vehicles are maintained

This is the single most important thing you can do to prevent accidents happening. In particular you should check:

  • Brakes – One of the most important things to check. The more brakes are not working correctly the higher the chance of an accident.
  • Fluids – Make sure all fluids are topped up, including brake, power steering, transmission and wiper fluids.
  • Lights – Another crucial component that should always be checked. Your employees need to see and be seen.
  • Tyres – Worn out tyres are a road traffic accident waiting to happen. Also always check for damage to tyres and check tyre pressures.

Carry out checks

It is your duty to make sure your employees have valid driving licences and that they are medically fit to drive a vehicle. For example, checks should be carried out to make sure an employee has good enough eyesight to drive.

Provide training

Don’t just assume that because somebody has a driving licence that they don’t need training. Provide your staff with clear guidelines on how to behave on the road, what they should do in an emergency and what they should do if they break down.

While having employees drive on the road is a necessary risk for many businesses, if you follow these simple steps you will lessen the chance that they will be involved in a road traffic accident.

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