Vehicle Accidents No. 1 Cause of Workers' Compensation Fatalities

Across the U.S., car and truck accidents are the leading cause of fatal accidents on the job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2,053 fatal work-related transportation accidents in 2008, which accounted for 40 percent of all workplace fatalities. 1,149 of those fatal work accidents were highway fatalities.

Just as with drivers generally, a growing cause of work-related motor vehicle accidents is distracted driving. As we reported in our July 29 post, workers' compensation insurers have been actively involved in campaigns to prohibit texting and cell phone use while driving.

At least 27 states and numerous municipalities, including Huntsville, have made texting while driving a primary traffic offense, and many also limit cell phone use while driving. Those laws are a positive step, but more can certainly be done.

The first step employers can take to reduce work-related car and truck accidents -- and limit their exposure to workers' compensation claims -- is simply to put a policy in place.

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