Over the course of the year, there are 1.6 million missed days of work because employees get into auto accidents. Traffic crashes cost employers in excess of $47 billion every single year. Car accidents are a leading cause of on-the-job injury, and not just for delivery people, taxi drivers, and truck drivers.
People in lots of different professions have to be in their cars as part of their work, whether they are picking up office supplies or running errands for their boss or traveling to client meetings. Whenever one of these people get hurt on-the-job, they can make a work injury claim with the help of an Atlanta workers’ comp lawyer.
Employers who want to avoid lost productivity, missed time from work, and other consequences of car accidents should do everything they can to try to prevent on-the-job accidents. Participating in Drive Safely Work Week is one of the things that they can do.
Drive Safely Work Week and Atlanta Workplace Accident Prevention
Drive Safely Work Week is organized by the Network of Employees for Traffic Safety (NETS). This year, it will be held between October 3 and October 7. NETS believes that with proper training and education, car accident rates amongst employees could be cut in half, and Drive Safely Work Week is a time when employers are encouraged to provide that training.
There are different areas of focus during each of the Drive Safely Work Weeks which are held each year. Prevention of distraction-related accidents is the goal of this year, and a toolkit providing training on this issue is available at Traffic Safety.org. The toolkit contains lessons employers can teach on:
- The impact of sleep deprivation on work performance and driving abilities.
- Identifying signs of fatigued driving.
- Understanding risks of fatigued driving.
- Dangerous behind-the-wheel behaviors employees engage in which increase crash risks.
- Risks of cell phone use.
- Dangers of using any type of electronics while driving.
- Why buckling up is so essential for preventing fatalities and serious injuries.
Employers should strongly consider providing training to staff members, not just during Drive Safely Work Week, but all year long. When an employee gets into a car accident on-the-job, not only can the employee make a workers’ comp claim but the employer could also be liable under Georgia’s agency rules for all injuries that the employee caused other motorists to experience.
Atlanta workplace accident victims need to know the rules for workers’ comp claims resulting from auto accidents. Depending upon the crash cause, pursuing a civil lawsuit could also be an option. While an employer cannot be sued, an injured worker hurt in an auto accident could make a personal injury claim if another driver was fully or partly liable for the collision. Personal injury and workers’ comp claims could both arise from the same accident, and an attorney should be consulted for help maximizing benefits available to injured workers.
Parsons & Associates, P.C. is an Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm serving Atlanta, Savannah, and surrounding areas throughout Fulton County. Contact Parsons & Associates, P.C. today at 770-422-9000 or contact us online if you have been injured at work.