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An HGV driver jailed for killing one man and badly injured two others while talking on his mobile phone. He has been sent to prison for four and a half years.

An HGV Driver Jailed! Mr Richmond from Derby was found guilty of a DD80 "Causing death by dangerous driving" at Lincoln Crown Court.

He was using a hands-free kit to talk to his mother while driving along the A631 in Lincolnshire.

His HGV crashed into a Ford Transit killing the passenger.

The Ford Transit passenger from Grimsby, died in the crash which happened near Corringham. His brother in law was seriously injured.

The driver of the vehicle at the head of the queue was also badly hurt.

'Truly tragic'.

The jury heard Mr Richmond was so engrossed in a 23-minute conversation with his mother that he was "oblivious to all around him".

Phone records showed the length of the call revealed he would have travelled an estimated 17 miles (27.36 km).

The court was told he failed to notice two lorries and a Transit van that had stopped in front of him.

Mr Richmond told the court his memory of the crash remained "blurred" but he believed it was caused by him being dazzled by the sun when he checked his mirrors.

He had denied causing death by dangerous driving.

The jury took an hour to find him guilty. He was also banned from driving for five years.

Recorder David Farrell QC described the case as "truly tragic".

Companies that place this Duty of Care low down their agenda should take another look. The financial implications of a road accident can be huge, and can even lead to a prison sentence for the company director responsible for the company fleet and drivers, although large fines appear likely to be more the norm.

The family of legislation, in other words the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, has been formerly ratified and finally became enforceable on 6th April 2008.

VDOC-Comment:- With the current resession the article is more relevant for vehicles duty of care written into your company fleet policy with Business Insurance and Driver's CPC!

Your Vehicles Duty of Care Manager Protect Both Company and Driver!

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