Motor vehicle accidents remain one of the top causes of work-related fatalities in the United States. Moreover, most of these accidents occur during work hours when employees are commuting. It’s the duty of an employer to evaluate vehicle risks and take steps to encourage driver safety. After all, it’s not uncommon for vehicle accidents at work to lead to personal injury and workers’ compensation cases.
How to Prevent Accidents
Provide Proper Training
Employees need to be properly trained for their positions. This includes being taught the best safety practices when utilizing vehicles and equipment. Also, periodic defensive driving practice reminds employees how to safely and respectfully drive work vehicles.
Vehicle Maintenance Inspections
Routine inspections of company vehicles significantly decrease the number of preventable incidents and collisions that occur during work hours.
Secure Objects Being Transported
Any equipment or materials being transported by a company-owned vehicle need to be secured. When unsecured objects fall out of vehicles they instantly become road hazards. Loose objects dislodging inside vehicles can also be dangerous to passengers if an accident occurs.
Stay Well Rested
It’s important for employees to be rested and alert if they are driving. An exhausted employee faces the dangers of falling asleep at the wheel or causing an accident by rushing to their destination.
Implementing a Program
An employer has a duty to protect their staff and the public from vehicular accidents that occur on the clock. A growing number of employers are implementing company-wide traffic safety programs to reduce the risks drivers face on the road. These programs commit to regular vehicle assessments and safety training for all employees.
OSHA, NETS, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have produced a helpful document entitled Guidelines for Employers to reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes. This resource helps employers create 10-step programs to minimize vehicle risks at work.
How an Attorney Can Help You
It’s imperative you contact a workers’ compensation lawyer if you’ve been injured while driving a company vehicle for work-related purposes. The injuries you sustain from a vehicle collision or accident can be debilitating and expensive. An attorney can help you understand workers’ compensation and personal injury laws. Contact Bryan Caulfield at (727) 308-6060 to file your claim and seek maximum compensation.
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