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Tips employers can use to reduce accidents

Car accidents are a common way for employees to be injured on the job, but there are things that employers can do to reduce the risk. Below are some tips that can help.

First, make sure that everything is written down. Don't just tell employees to drive safely. Write out specific rules, procedures and goals so that they're always aware.

Next, be sure that everyone is involved. This starts at the bottom with temporary workers and interns and goes all the way to the top, with senior management.

It's also important for employers to do maintenance on vehicles when needed and to carry out regular inspections. This way, the risk of an accident from a faulty vehicle is minimized.

It may be wise for employers to offer rewards. If drivers know that they have something to gain by driving safely, that incentive can help influence their thinking. For example, a driver who considers breaking the speed limit or texting while driving may have second thoughts if there is a bonus or reward on the line.

There may also need to be a system of discipline when positive rewards are not enough. Drivers need to know that risky behavior has ramifications.Unfortunately, even when employers use these tips, all accidents can't be avoided. This puts both employees and other drivers at risk of serious injury. It's critical for those who are injured to know what rights they may have to seek compensation for things like medical bills and lost wages if they are injured due to the negligence or actions of an at-fault driver.

Source: OSHA, "Motor Vehicle GuideGuidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes," accessed April 27, 2017

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