The Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers

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In 2013, automobile crashes killed more than 1,600 people and injured 293,000 when they were working. Over 50 % of the injuries forced individuals to miss work. Overall, on-the-job crash injuries (fatal and non-fatal) amounted to about 7.6% of crash injuries.

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Auto crashes on and off the task cost employers $47.4 billion in 2013. Up to 50 % of the cost resulted from off-the-job injuries to workers as well as their dependents. The remaining resulted from on-the-job crashes.

The report also found out that employer-paid medical costs per employee injured inside a crash were nearly double in on-the-job crashes where the employee wasn't wearing a safety belt and were increased with a third for off-the-job crashes.

"When people consider the human and financial impact of traffic crashes around the workplace, they think of company car drivers," said Jack Hanley, executive director of NETS.

"This new report is an eye-opener. It implies that employers bear the crash costs coming from all their staff, not just their company drivers. Purchasing road aspects good business and today's report provides employers using a blueprint for developing business cases meant for employee road safety."