In 2013, motor vehicle crashes killed more than 1,600 people and injured 293,000 while they were working. Over half of the injuries forced people to miss work. Overall, on-the-job crash injuries (fatal and non-fatal) amounted to about 7.6% of all crash injuries.
Motor vehicle crashes on and off the job cost employers $47.4 billion in 2013. Nearly half of this cost resulted from off-the-job injuries to workers and their dependents. The remainder resulted from on-the-job crashes.
The report also found that employer-paid medical costs per employee injured in a crash were nearly double in on-the-job crashes where the employee wasn’t wearing a seat belt and were increased by a third for off-the-job crashes.
“When people think of the human and financial impact of traffic crashes on the workplace, they think about company car drivers,” said Jack Hanley, executive director of NETS.
“This new report is an eye-opener. It shows that employers bear the crash costs of all their employees, not just their company drivers. Investing in road safety is good business and today’s report provides employers with a blueprint for developing business cases in support of employee road safety.”
Read this study Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers can be found on the www.traficsafety.org website.