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The cost of a crash – Excess insurance payments run into the multi-millions

The Lex Autolease accident figures

  • Company drivers were at fault for 49 per cent of the 44,448 accidents
  • Almost a quarter of all accidents (24 per cent) were caused by company drivers colliding with a third party
  • More than 3,000 drivers crashed into the back of a third party vehicle and over 2,000 hit a third party whilst reversing.

HOW many times are your staff involved in driving accidents?

Too many?

And how much is it costing you in insurance premiums, excess, staff not able to get to meetings while the car is repaired?

Yeah, you’re familiar. The actual cost to your bottom line is £26m in excess insurance payments as a result of these driving accidents.

The UK’s largest leasing company Lex Autolease reckons that company car drivers were at fault for almost half of all driving accidents involving a company vehicle last year. And the company wants businesses to raise staff driving standards.

Richard Harper, head of accident services at Lex Autolease, said:

car accident“These figures are certainly food for thought, and it is clear that businesses need to do more to improve the driving standards of their employees. Road safety is paramount, of course, but there are additional economic benefits to be reaped from educating drivers to act more responsibly on the roads.”

Businesses need to have proper procedures in place to reduce accidents, particularly those caused by poor driving behaviour

The figures reveal that many company drivers display a worrying lack of basic care and attention. Almost one in ten (10 per cent) of all accidents were caused by drivers colliding with an immobile object such as a bridge, wall or fence. The cost of such collisions to businesses totalled more than £2.5m.

Thankfully, collisions with pedestrians and cyclists were a rare occurrence. Just 334 of the 44,448 accidents (0.7 per cent) recorded involved a collision with these other road users.

Harper added:

“Compared to other hazards employees encounter in the workplace, driving is often viewed as less of a risk. However, in many industries, driving is the single biggest risk that employees will face during the course of their working day, so it’s especially worrying that company drivers are at fault in half of the incidents we recorded.

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“Businesses need to have proper procedures in place to reduce accidents, particularly those caused by poor driving behaviour, and investigate why accidents occur. They should consider the impact of time or work pressures and any distractions posed by in-car technology. Once businesses understand the root cause of accidents, they can take steps to educate drivers on the danger and minimise associated risks.”


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