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Friday, November 21, 2014

Distracted Drivers and Rising Workers’ Comp Claims

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Distracted driving
Distracted driving

Such accidents are among the leading causes of high-severity Workers’ Compensation injuries.  According to the National Safety Council, the average work-related motor vehicle injury claim costs an average of $69,206. That’s double the cost of other work-related injuries. The lack of training in safe driving techniques is a primary factor of work-related driving accidents. But you can’t have this discussion without putting particular focus on distracted drivers.
A distracted driver is one who is engaged in any activity that diverts his or her attention from the primary task of driving. All distractions put drivers, passengers, and bystanders at risk. Common activities that cause driver distractions are, in no particular order:
  • Text messaging
  • Use of a cell phone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading
  • Use of a navigation system
  • Adjusting  radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Who are these distracted drivers?
It’s been proven that the visual, manual, and cognitive attention required for text messaging makes it the most dangerous driving distraction. How likely is it that you or your employees could be included in the following statistics and facts below?
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in...
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