The Dangers of Distracted Driving: What You Can Do to Protect Your Employees
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), nearly 40,000 people died in 2016 as a result of motor vehicle accidents, the highest number in almost a decade. This marks a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014—the most dramatic two-year escalation in 53 years.
A survey conducted by the NSC showed that 47% of drivers surveyed text either manually or through voice controls, 64% regularly drive at excessive speeds, 13% said they drive while impaired by marijuana and 10% while impaired by alcohol.
These unsafe driving practices can result in costly consequences to employers with workers who drive on the job, whether driving is a full-time requirement with a company vehicle, or an isolated occurrence in a personal vehicle.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites the following:
- Motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity.
- The average crash costs an employer $16,500.
- When a worker’s on-the-job crash results in an injury, the cost to an employer is $74,000.
- If a fatality is involved, the costs can be $500,000 or more.
To protect employees and their bottom line, it’s critical that employers take steps to eliminate dangerous behaviors and distractions within their workforce.
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