Work Transportation Accidents Increasing with Employment on the Rise

Work-related vehicle crashes have been on the decline with the recent recession. Safety officials believe that this decline likely helped to reduce the number of workers’ compensation claims because of these kinds of accidents.

According to NCCI Holdings Inc., a Boca Raton-based company, the number and the frequency of accidents involving large, commercial vehicles dropped more than 15 percent from 2007 to 2010, according to Business Insurance. At the same time, the number of passenger vehicle crashes dropped close to 10 percent. With lowered employment rates through the recession, there were fewer employed drivers along our roadways — meaning less risks for accidents and ultimately fewer crashes.

Our Boca Raton accident attorneys understand that employment rates are climbing and more employed drivers are hitting the roads — inceasing the risks for accidents. Boca Raton accidents at work can be particularly complex. A victim may be entitled to compensation through workers’ compensation but may also pursue a third-party personal injury or wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver or other parties at fault in the crash.

The number of lost-time comp claims that resulted for vehicle accidents dropped close to 3 percent in 2010. Now they’re on their way up. This increase started when the economy began to recover. As a matter of fact, transportation accidents are the most common accidents among employees in the United States.

Traffic accidents are typically more expensive workers’ compensation claims than many other types of work-injury claims. From 2002 to 2008, these kinds of accidents accounted for about 2 percent of claims, but accounted for about 7 percent of losses during the same time.

Employers in industries of all kinds are asked to create safe driving procedures. Simple procedures can help to stop these kinds of accidents. One of the most effective of these is to enact a distracted driving policy within your workplace. According to David Michaels with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “OSHA is partnering with others across government, industry and the public to bring together important information and tools to attack texting while driving and other distracted driver hazards.”

To help you to get started, officials with Distraction.gov have offered employers a complete webpage for Employer Campaign Tools.

In addition to getting working drivers to hang up the phone while behind the wheel, employers are also asked to get drivers to pledge to keep phones out of the driver’s seat whenever they’re behind the wheel. Distracted driving doesn’t become less dangerous when the work day is over. Distribute pledge forms to your employees and urge them to share it with their friends and family. Behind the wheel is no time to get work done. Employees should have their full attention on the road and save the office work for when the vehicle is stopped and parked.