Did you know that car crashes accounted for over 33% of all workplace deaths in 2010? Sadly, collisions are the leading cause of work fatalities. While people who drive company owned vehicles and are continuously on the road may be more at risk for being in motor vehicle accidents, all employees—even those who operate their own personal vehicles on the job—are at risk on the road.
Because anyone can be involved and injured in a car crash, it is important that employers promote roadway safety by reminding their employees of the following tips:
- Inspect the car. Whether an employee is driving a company car or his or her own personal vehicle, it is important to check the tires, fluid levels, and lights before getting on the road.
- Have an emergency kit. It is important that every employee carry a first-aid kit and emergency supplies like flares, flashlights, and water in the event of a crash or if the car breaks down and he or she becomes stranded.
- Always buckle up. Using a seat belt is the best way to reduce serious injuries or fatalities in a car crash, and all employees should buckle up while riding in cars.
- Avoid driving distractions. Although employees may be tempted to read or write an email while driving on company time, using mobile devices behind the wheel can lead to crashes.
- Drive defensively. Employees should travel the speed limit, pay attention to the road, use caution at interchanges, keep a safe following distance, avoid driving aggressively, use signals when changing lanes, avoid driving in inclement weather, never drive impaired, and avoid drowsy driving.
While many traffic collisions are unavoidable, these tips can help reduce the chance of being in a car accident on the job in Florida. However, even if an employee is driving safely, a crash can still occur. If you were injured in a car crash while working, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld today for a free consultation with a skilled Fort Lauderdale injury lawyer today at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].