The Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers
In 2013, car crashes killed more than 1,600 people and injured 293,000 when they were working. Over half the injuries forced website visitors to miss work. Overall, on-the-job crash injuries (fatal and non-fatal) amounted to around 7.6% coming from all crash injuries.
Motor vehicle crashes off and on the job cost employers $47.4 billion in 2013. Nearly half of the cost resulted from off-the-job injuries to workers as well as their dependents. The others resulted from on-the-job crashes.
The report also found that employer-paid medical costs per employee injured in the crash were nearly double in on-the-job crashes the location where the employee wasn't wearing a seatbelt and were increased by a third for off-the-job crashes.
"When people consider the human and financial impact of traffic crashes for the workplace, they give thught to company car drivers," said Jack Hanley, executive director of NETS.
"This new report is surely an eye-opener. It shows that employers bear the crash costs of their workers, not merely their company drivers. Committing to road aspects good business and today's report provides employers with a blueprint for developing business cases meant for employee road safety."