An accident occurs between a Truck and a Car. The Car’s legal rerpresentatives launch a civil suit against the Truck driver and his insurer.
End of story and it happens nearly every week in Australia, the last one I read about saw a $200,000 payout.
Now think about it in Chain of Responsibility terms.
- Contracting of the Truck driver;
- The scheduling or task setting;
- The packer of the load;
- The loader
- The receiver of the load;
And the Supervisors, Managers and Directors of all of the above!!!
Prove Your Innocent
Civil litigation is a business, so as such they are going to chase the best options for a the maximum payout. Including all of the other parties in the Chain of Responsibility, now means more insurers and more balance sheets are included.
The problem for the included parties is that they will have to prove they are innocent and have abided by all Reasonable Steps. The problem is that the Prosecution does not need to define what are Reasonable Steps.
One Major Legal Firm estimates the value of Chain of Responsibility to legal firms at $100 million dollars per annum and growing at 10%!
Enforcement Authorities and Lawyers Agree
Enforcement Authorities and leading Legal minds we have spoken to, agree that Civil Litigation under the Chain of Responsibility framework could pose a far greater threat to Directors and Companies, than criminal prosecutions.
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