Did you know that distracted driving is estimated to be a factor in between 25 to 30 per cent of all traffic crashes - that's 4,000 or more crashes a day. This information comes from NETS (Network of Employers for Traffic Safety).
April is National Distracted Drivers Month. Employees are an employer's most valuable asset. According to NHTSA (2003) motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity. They drive up the cost of benefits, such as workers' compensation and health benefits which can increase company overhead involved in administering the programs.
The average crash costs an employer $16,500. When a worker has an on-the-job crash that results in an injury, the average cost to their employer can jump to $74,000. Costs can exceed $500,000 when a fatality is involved.
The real tragedy is that many of these crashes are preventable. As an employer that wants to save lives, it’s important to establish traffic safety programs. Whether your fleet is large or small, there will be a benefit in implementing safety measures.
For more information, visit: http://www.distraction.gov.
Jody Nieswaag, CPIA
Insurance Sales Agent
Insure Forward Jamestown
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