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Safety at any workplace is of course incredibly important and should always be a top priority. Employers have an obligation to keep workers safe at all times while on the clock. But what happens when employees are on the road for most of their workday? How do supervisors and employees ensure their protection then? Even if safety policies and procedures are already in place for workers on the road, some might find it challenging to implement them. Road safety is made up of so many factors: weather, other drivers, conditions of the automobile they’re driving, many of which are completely out of an employee’s control.
Millions of employees drive as part of their job and unfortunately motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths, according to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, from 2003-2017, more than 27,000 workers in the U.S. died in a work-related motor vehicle crash.
In an effort to get these numbers down and increase the safety of employees who drive for work on a daily basis, we are sharing a few important tips for workers to consider. Read below for important factors to keep in mind before, during, and after driving for work:
Before Driving for Work
Beyond familiarizing yourself with your workplace’s road safety procedures, trainings, and legal policies, there are some other steps you can take before venturing out on the road for your workday:
During Driving for Work
After Driving for Work
Driving for Work Accident Help
Always remember that it is in your best interest, as well as your employer’s, to return from a job safe and sound. It is important to speak up if you ever feel unsafe. It is also important to remember that while these tips will certainly help you stay safe on the road, some things will be out of your control. One of the most common causes of on-the-job vehicle crashes is the negligence and recklessness of other drivers. If you have been a victim of an auto accident while on the job, we can help. Contact the attorneys at Adame Garza LLP today for a free case evaluation.