Distracted Driving is an Expensive Risk
The average cost of a distracted driving accident is alarming. Numerous sources and statistics consider the total cost of a non-fatal injury accident to be approximately $65,000. What’s even more alarming is how quickly this average can elevate.
The Importance of a Distracted Driving Policy
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 391,000 people were injured in 2015 from motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts our attention from driving, including eating or drinking, talking or texting on a cell phone, or using a navigation system.
Seven Apps to Help Prevent Distracted Driving
Amerisure’s 2018 Distracted Driving Campaign was created to keep employees and policyholders safe, on and off the job. Today, most people are never without their cellphones. Knowing when to put down the phone and focus on the road is crucial to keeping everyone safe. Check out our favorite distracted driving prevention apps, and do your part to reduce distracted driving.
Third Annual Trench Safety Stand Down
This week, June 18-23, is the Trench Safety Stand Down, sponsored by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) and the North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA), and supported by the Occupational Safety and Health Association.
How State Laws Impact Distracted Driving Policies
Many companies already have a cellphone or handheld device policy in place, or are planning on implementing one soon. Either way, you’ll want to review related state laws within your operating states to see if your policy is in compliance with those laws.
Road Work Ahead: Are You Following Safety Protocols?
When it comes to traffic work zones, drivers, passengers and construction workers are all at risk. In 2016, there were 143 worker fatalities on road construction sites and 635 driver and passenger fatalities in work zones, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, respectively.
Can Technology Help Prevent Distracted Driving?
As users of newer iPhones will tell you, the blockage of cellphone use isn’t on the horizon – it’s already here. If you have an iPhone 6 or newer and you’ve been diligent about updating your iOS, you’ve by now experienced its default Do Not Disturb feature that stops cellphone usage when driving. Fleet business owners and others are taking notice of these cellphone blocker trends.