Whether you work as a truck driver, you drive a taxi or you find yourself behind the wheel at work for any reason, it is important to understand the risks you face on the road. Many workers lose their lives in job-related traffic crashes and far more sustain debilitating injuries that leave them unable to work. Sadly, these accidents often disrupt the lives of entire families.
From drunk drivers to bad weather and fatigue, there are many different reasons why workers are involved in crashes on the road.
Reviewing the prevalence of fatal job-related crashes
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic crashes are responsible for more job-related fatalities than any other type of accident. During 2018, over 1,200 workers lost their lives in job-related motor vehicle collisions. In fact, traffic crashes on the job accounted for 24% of all job-related deaths. It is also important to note that in 2018, 325 pedestrians lost their lives while performing their job duties.
Reviewing the impact of job-related crashes
When workers lose their lives in motor vehicle collisions, the impact often has wide-reaching effects. For example, the loved ones they leave behind can face financial challenges (not to mention permanent emotional pain).
Moreover, those who sustain serious injuries while performing their job duties sometimes have to take time off from work or even give up their career altogether. Hospital bills, rehabilitation costs and lost wages make it especially difficult for many injured workers to restore a sense of normalcy in the wake of an auto accident.