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The Hidden Toll Paid By Company Car Driver Accidents.

17th December 2013
In 2011, the annual number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police had - for the first time since 2003 - increased, by 3 per cent, from 1,850 in 2010 to 1,901 ( Department of Transport).

Likewise, in the first annual increase since 1994, the number of people reported killed or seriously injured (KSI) has also risen by 2 per cent to 25,023 from 24,510 in 2010.

However, a more insightful picture emerges on a specific segment the road casualties, which can often be reflected by accidents claims for injury compensation. According to the annual Labour Force Survey 2011 (undertaken by the Office for National Statistics), previously unpublished data reveals that 200 employees who are driving (not commuting) on company business are injured in a road collision every single day.

The figures show that of the total number of 202,000 people recorded injured (but not killed) in all road accidents in 2011, an estimated 73,000 – or 36 per cent, who were driving as part of their normal routine tasks – were involved in a road accident, which led to more than a week off work.

It has also been estimated that a staggering 1 in 3 of the three million company cars presently on British roads is involved in a collision each year. While it is not suggested that company car drivers are more likely to be the cause of an incident, just over a third, at least appear to be unfortunate victims of driving accidents.

An accident management survey carried out between April 2011 and May 2012 across a wide ranging number of company car drivers revealed that collision rates are around 35 per cent higher for business drivers than private drivers.

Despite the more extreme weather patterns experienced recently across the UK, adverse conditions such as rain, sleet and snow were found to only have caused less than 5 per cent of accidents while more than 50 per cent of incidents occurred during average clear weather conditions.

While motorways accounted for little more than 2 per cent of road accidents, 1 in 5 of collisions took place major A roads, and around 1 in 10 on B roads and other minor routes. Significantly, nearly 1 in 10 of accidents occurred in car parks at low speed, suggesting that congestion, positioning, space and concentration are all as equally risk factors as they are on the open road for the busy company car driver.