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What is the cost of work-related traffic accidents for employers?

When a traffic accident transpires, the consequences of the crash may impact a number of people who were not even involved in the wreck, such as the loved ones of victims. Moreover, an accident that occurs on the job may also affect an employer, for example. As a result, if you run a business and have staff members who regularly find themselves on the road, it is essential for you to focus on road safety and reducing the likelihood of a motor vehicle collision. After all, these crashes can be incredibly costly for business owners and the physical and emotional toll can be staggering as well.

During 2013, motor vehicle crashes cost employers more than $47 billion, according to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While more than $22 billion of these costs resulted from accidents that occurred off the job, $25.17 billion were the result of work-related traffic crashes. These accidents can be costly for employers due to various factors, especially when missed work days are taken into consideration.

Aside from the financial consequences of a crash, these wrecks can shatter lives and result in the permanent loss of talented workers. Accidents may happen because of the use of alcohol or drugs, but they may also occur because of speeding or distracted driving. It is important for employers to take steps to prevent motor vehicle collisions from occurring within their company and raise awareness among staff members, even if workers do not have to drive as part of their job duties.

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