Motor vehicle crashes result in a huge amount of injuries and fatalities both on and off of the job. Employees should take motor vehicle safety seriously no matter if they drive on the job or not. Employers should make a point of encouraging safe driving practices both on and off of the job to their employees.
Some statistics about motor vehicle crashes:
- Over 40,000 motor vehicle related deaths occurred in 2017 in the U.S. according to the National Safety Council
- Every 12 seconds someone dies in a car crash (OSHA)
- Over 4.5 million motor vehicle related injuries occurred in the US in 2017
- The US crash death rate was more than twice the average of other high-income countries (CDC)
- 1 in 3 crash deaths involved drunk driving (CDC)
- 1 in 3 crash deaths involved speeding (CDC)
- 48% of those killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were not wearing seatbelts (NHTSA)
- Motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage, and lost productivity (OSHA)
- In 2016 workplace fatalities involving transportation incidents accounted for 40% of all workplace fatalities that year (BLS)
The statistics above show the huge problems motor vehicle crashes cause in the United States each year. It is important to prevent motor vehicle accidents in any way possible both on and off of the job. Holding useful safety meetings on the topic can go a long way in preventing these types of injuries. Browse the safety talks below for various topics to share with employees during your next safety meeting. Also check out the full list of safety talks by clicking here!