Work-related collisions account for 40% of driving accidents
About 40% of motor vehicle accidents are work-related, which poses a significant risk to employees who drive for their jobs, according to a new report based on U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.
The “2018 Driver Safety Risk Report” released by Motus, a vehicle management and reimbursement platform paints a picture of rising accident frequency and mounting costs.
The overall number of traffic accidents and injuries remains at a record high. As the number of collisions increases, so do physical injuries to employees who drive for work. The report notes that since 2013, the annual number of motor vehicle-related injuries has risen by 6.2%.
Motor vehicle accidents cost employers over $56 billion in 2017, with 53% of vehicle accidents causing employees to miss work. According to the Motus research, 68% of companies reported recent on-the-job accidents in company-owned vehicles and 41% of companies reported recent on-the-job accidents in employee-owned vehicles.
Companies can reduce the accident rates for their employees by as much as 35% by expanding their driver risk management approach beyond basic Motor Vehicle Record (MPV) checks, says Motus. Proactive steps to reducing accidents among a mobile workforce include individualized training and insurance verification.
The report also finds that U.S. collision insurance claims remain at the highest levels of the past 10 years and have steadily increased over the past five years.
Source: Automotive Fleet