HGV – Corporate Manslaughter
Since it came into force on 6th April 2008, much has been written about the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, including the potentially catastrophic financial penalties which may be imposed upon an operator if it is found to be liable under the new legislation.
It may be stating the obvious, but the best time for an HGV logistics operation to act is long before they are involved in a fatal accident. For many, larger HGV operators – especially those operating in and around large cities with increased cycle traffic on the roads – it is often a question of “when” rather than “if” one of their vehicles becomes involved in a serious accident (fatal or not).
Managing the immediate aftermath of a fatal accident, including obtaining urgent advice upon what needs to be done, can make all the difference between successfully protecting the driver and operator from prosecution and the awful consequences of prosecution, potential conviction and call up to Public Inquiry. So before you have to face the consequences of an accident give our road transport lawyers a call now on 01279 818280 and see how we can help to protect your road haulage business.