As the years progress from the days of the Model T, we see that there are more and more distractions for drivers. Living in a technological world where cell phones are part of everyday, distractions are at an all-time high. Is texting while driving any different than drinking and driving?
They both are a distraction and impair your reaction time.
A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute revealed that drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. To address this growing issue, lawmakers are proposing the use of a Textalyzer –the digital equivalent to a breathalyzer. Police would administer the Textalyzer when they arrive at the scene of the crash to determine if there was any phone activity during the time of the crash.
So what could this mean for your employees who drive on company business if the Textalyzer passes in your state? For example, a home healthcare nurse is on his way to meet a patient, he receives a text from the patient saying they’ll have to reschedule. Looking down to respond, he runs a red light and a vehicle clips his car. A Textalyzer administered at the crash site would reveal that the nurse was on his phone at the time of the crash, which would result in whatever penalties the state sets for that offense, such as fines, points on his license, or worse, if anyone was injured.
You can protect your business from claims caused by distracted driving by holding a safety program or driver training. AssuredPartners senior living experts can help you implement these programs to keep your traveling employees safe on the road. Visit AssuredPartners Senior Living to learn more.