Each October, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) hosts Drive Safely Work Week. This year’s event is taking place this week through Oct, 7. The campaign is used to raise awareness among employers to help ensure the safety of their workers whose jobs require them to drive. More specifically, it focuses on reducing cell phone use and other distracted driving-related car accidents in Asheville and elsewhere.
Our North Carolina car accident attorneys would like to ask that all companies and supervising employers participate in this year’s event, titled “Focus 360°: Getting there safely is everyone’s business.” This is the second year that this campaign has taken a national approach to reduce the risks of distracted driving car accident on the job.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, car accidents continue to be the number one cause of work-related fatalities in the U.S. In 2010, there were more than 4,500 work-related fatalities in our country. Nearly 2,000 of these fatalities were the result of on-the-job traffic accidents. These types of accidents took more lives than assaults, violent acts, contacts with objects or equipment, falls, exposure to harmful substances, fires and explosion accidents combined. The thing about distracted-driving accidents is that they are among the most preventable in the workplace!
In 2009, approximately 130 workers were killed in North Carolina, and in 2010, about 135 workers died. Nearly 50 of the 135 fatalities in 2010 were the result of on-the-job traffic accidents. These types of incidents were the leading cause of death for workers in North Carolina in 2010.
The week-long campaign focuses on work-related motor-vehicle travel, whether you’re a passenger, driver or a cyclist. Everyone is at risk when there’s a distracted driver behind the wheel.
The facts, according to NETS:
-Distracted driving takes a driver’s physical and mental attention away from the roadways.
-Nearly 5,500 people were killed in the U.S. in 2009 because of car accidents that involved a distracted driver. Another 448,000 people were injured in these types of incidents during the same year.
-One in four accidents involved a driver who was using a cell phone.
-Texting drivers take their eyes of the roadway 400 percent more than drivers who don’t text.
Employers are urged to take part in one of the following for Drive Safely Work Week:
-Enact and enforce a cell phone policy kit for your workplace, provided by the National Safety Council (NSC).
-Share tips and create activities to help enforce your current cell phone policy kit.
-Employers who decide not to enact a cell phone policy kit are still urged to educate employees about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving.
We would like to urge all employers and employees to participate in this week’s events. Distracted driving-related accidents take the lives of too many workers in the U.S. every single day. These incidents are completely avoidable and preventable with the proper determination, rules and discipline.
The car accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. assist victims and their families involved in distracted driving-related accidents in North Carolina. For a free initial consultation regarding your rights, call 1-800-887-1965.
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Banning Cell Phone Use by Truck Drivers Can Reduce the Risk of Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Statesville, Elsewhere, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, September 26, 2011