Distracted driving has been on the rise and is the known cause for more than 70% of vehicle accidents today. Employers can be held responsible for damages caused by their employees while driving a work vehicle, even if they are off duty or driving their own vehicle, but making a work-related call. Business owners should take precautions to avoid being held responsible for damages caused by their employees’ distracted driving. Precautions include enforcing strict policies regarding mobile device use while driving and providing training on those policies, limiting the daily number of hours an employee spends behind the wheel, and requiring employees to take a defensive driving course. A well-crafted vehicle (company and personal) usage policy is vital to ensuring workplace safety and reducing the company’s liability. Read more.
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