The Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers

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

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Car crashes on and off the work cost employers $47.4 billion in 2013. Up to 50 % of the cost resulted from off-the-job injuries to workers in addition to their dependents. The rest resulted from on-the-job crashes.

The report also discovered that employer-paid medical costs per employee injured in the crash were nearly double in on-the-job crashes in which the employee wasn't wearing a safety belt and were increased by way of a third for off-the-job crashes.

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

"This new report can be an eye-opener. It signifies that employers bear the crash costs coming from all their workers, not merely their company drivers. Buying road safety is good business and today's report provides employers using a blueprint for developing business cases meant for employee road safety."