Motus is a vehicle management and reimbursement platform that has helped businesses improve safety among their grey fleet drivers (employees who use their own vehicles for work purposes). It knows, however, that mobile workers, being connected all the time, are more prone to distracted driving than others. Its 2018 Distracted Driving Report should therefore be of interest to Louisiana motorists.
Between 2013 and 2017, smartphone ownership went up from 55 to 77 percent among mobile workers. At the same time, the number of auto accidents they were in rose from 5.7 million to 6.4 million, a 12.3 percent increase. Motus has also calculated that mobile workers each drive about 1,200 miles every year while distracted.
In 2017, Americans drove a total of 107 billion miles while distracted by their phones, but this trend should be of special concern to mobile workers because they're on the road about 49 percent more often than other employees. Motus found that phone use is at its highest between 2 pm and 4 pm, when many mobile workers are on the move.
Every accident involving a grey fleet driver costs employers about $4,400 in medical costs, property damage, lost productivity and legal expenses. In 2017, grey fleet drivers missed 1.65 million work days because of accidents.
Texting while driving is just one form of distracted driving that's common among mobile workers. Accident victims who discover that the other side was using the phone may be able to file an injury claim and be compensated for their medical expenses, lost income and vehicle damage. This is where a lawyer can come in and hire investigators to gather proof, such as the police report and phone records. The lawyer can then negotiate for a settlement out of court, litigating if necessary.