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Defensive Driving

Driving from one location to another is a routine part of most employees' daily activities. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most hazardous activities. According to the National Safety Council, traffic crashes are the leading cause of all work-related fatalities in the United States.

Despite this sobering statistic, the fact remains that many traffic-related accidents can be avoided when drivers and employers make safe driving practices a part of their day-to-day routine. Understanding the importance of defensive driving and committing to a safety program can go a long way toward preventing and reducing injury on the road.

How important is defensive driving?
When you're weighing the importance of dedicating time and resources to safe driving practices, consider these alarming statistics:

  • Traffic accidents are the #1 way to die on the job, in all business sectors
  • More than 20 people are killed each day and more than 250 are killed each week when using the roadways for work purposes

In 2006, employers incurred more than $90 billion in costs related to on-the-job vehicular accidents.
Source: Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes, OSHA, NHTSA, NETS

What’s the real cost of traffic accidents?
The impact of job-related accidents and injuries extends far beyond the costs of medical care, especially when you consider these indirect areas of impact:

  • Morale
  • Workers compensation claims
  • Group health insurance costs
  • Effect on injured workers’ family
  • Loss in productivity
  • Skill replacement
  • Tight employment market
  • Cost of hiring new employees
  • Loss in productivity
  • Skill replacement

The average cost of a non-fatal vehicle accident is $31,000 and the average cost of a FATAL vehicle accident is $468,000. Use the Costs of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers worksheet to estimate your potential costs.to your company.

Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

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