Distracted Driving Caused by Work Calls or Messaging
The picture most often painted when it comes to distracted driving is a younger driver that simply cannot wait to post on Snapchat or send a text message. However, there are other potential culprits when it comes to taking drivers’ eyes off the road. To the surprise of many, there are a lot of accidents that could have been avoided had the driver not been distracted by a call or message from their place of work.
In fact, a survey of over a thousand people has shown that around half of those that fall between the ages of 18 and 44 have reported using their devices for work purposes while operating a vehicle. The biggest culprit in these circumstances? The 25 percent of Millennial-aged workers that are afraid of upsetting their employer due to not answering the call or message. This shows how the current economy and lack of job security has begun to affect more than our economy.
Distracted Driving Kills
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3,500 fatalities and 391,000 injuries on the road were caused or somehow had distracted driving as a factor in the accident. More staggeringly, this accounts for 16 percent of all injuries and 10 percent of fatalities due to car accidents.
Overworked and Distracted
With work happened more and more from outside the office, it should come as no surprise that these new stresses on workers are having an effect on the road. In many cases, it is the employer putting the pressure on that leads these drivers to answer messaging rather than keeping their eyes on the road. In fact, around 25% of those surveyed reporting their boss contacting them via mobile device despite knowing the employee was operating a vehicle.
While the Millennial generation certainly accounts for a portion of these incidents, it doesn’t seem to be a young driver issue. In fact, employees aged 45 to 64 are also communicating with their work while behind the wheel, as one-third of those surveyed confirmed of their own driving behaviors. It seems companies need to adopt new policies that account for this type of distraction that leads to fatalities and injuries alike for their workforce.
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