Work-Related Collisions Account for 40% of Driving Accidents in the U.S.

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.

Additionally, only 42.6% of companies currently mandate driver safety programs for employees in company-owned vehicle programs.

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. Proactive steps to reducing accidents among a mobile workforce also include individualized training, safe driving policies, and the use of new safe driving technologies that prevent texting and driving along with other mobile device-driven distractions.

Texting while driving is one of the largest dangers for fleet drivers on the road and distracted driving crashes not only impact lives but a company's bottom line as referenced earlier.

New technologies like eBrake are becoming very attractive to fleets. Unlike other solutions in the market, eBrake cannot be "gamed" or simply "turned off" by a driver when driving. Here are a few eBrake features for fleets:

  • Automatically locks device when motion is detected
  • Unique Passenger Unlock Test for when a driver happens to be a passenger
  • Driver cannot pretend to be a passenger and unlock device when driving
  • Easily deployed through Mobile Device Management (MDM) platforms
  • No hardware needed
  • Cost effective

eBrake completely eliminates the temptation for a fleet driver to pick up and use his device - be it to text, check social media, watch video ... anything. Not only does this greatly reduce the chances of a distracted driving-related crash, it gives fleet owners peace of mind knowing their drivers (and brand) are safe.

Sources: Automotive Fleet and Motus.