Are you doing all you can to help to your employees stay safe from the number one cause of workplace fatalities? If you don't have a Cell Phone Policy enacted then the answer is "no."
The truth of the matter is that distracted driving (cell phone use in particular) has become a national epidemic. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), about a quarter of all car accidents involve a driver who was using a cell phone at the time of the accident.
Our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers understand that companies and employers who ban driving employees from using a cell phone behind the wheel can help save lives. If you're letting your workers talk and text at the wheel, you're not only increasing their risks for an accident, but you're increasing your employer liability.
Officials with the NSC are conducting several free seminars to help you jump start your workplace policy. There will be seminars held in San Diego and in Long Beach. Registration for the event has already started.
-San Diego Convention Center on February 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
-Long Beach Convention Center on April 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What the seminar will cover:
-Why cell phone distracted driving is so dangerous. It's a behavior that takes the lives of thousands every year.
-How companies and employers can be held liable if one of their workers are involved in an accident where a cell phone-using driver was involved.
-What specific rules and regulations should be included in your company's cell phone policy.
-How to rally employers and managerial members to support this kind of policy and to get them to jump on board with driving safely on the job.
-How to communicate with employees the importance of the policy and how to get them to comply.
According to the Distraction.gov, there were more than 3,330 people killed in distracted driving car accidents in the U.S. in 2011. Many of these fatalities involved on-the-job drivers. It's important to remember that no business is worth risking someone's life over.
The true number being killed in these kinds of accidents each year is likely much higher, but many cases are never properly reported to officials. A driver isn't likely to admit that they were talking on the phone behind the wheel and that's what caused the accident. And there's no testing for it either, like how you can test a drunk driver using a breathalyzer.
Banning cell phone use for driving workers is not as hard as you think. According to a recent report of about 2,000 people, about 99 percent who had cell phone policies in their workplace say that productivity did not diminish.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact personal injury attorney Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation. Call (800) 872-5925.
California Governor Vetoes Tougher Distracted Driving Penalties, California Injury Lawyers, December 3, 2012
L.A. Traffic Safety: Take the Pledge with AT&T to Drive Distraction Free!, California Injury Lawyers, August 11, 2012