Our Greenville workers’ compensation attorneys have been talking lately about the National Safety Council (NSC) and it’s month-long campaign to help to improve worker safety nationwide.
This has been a month-long effort focusing on getting both employers and employees to work together to help to maintain a safe work environment for everyone. The National Safety Month campaign focuses on a new workplace hazard each week. For the last and final week of the campaign, from the 24th through the 30th, safety officials are focusing on Driving Safety.
Driving is one of the most dangerous things you’ll do each and every day whether you’re at work or not. As we head into the summer travel season, keep in mind the dangers that are associated with distracted driving, failing to buckle up, driving aggressively and driving under the influence. These are important whether you’re driving on the job or driving for pleasure. Regardless, whenever you’re behind the wheel, you face some serious risks for an auto accident in Greenville and elsewhere if you’re not careful.
Auto accidents account one of the main causes of fatal on-the-job accidents.
According to the NSC, about a quarter of all car accidents involve a driver who was using a cell phone at the time of the collision. Although most drivers say that they understand the risks that are associated with driving while talking on their cell phone and while text messaging, a majority of drivers still partake in this dangerous activity behind the wheel. For this reason, employers around the country are establishing cell phone policies in their workplaces and are asking employee drivers to stay off of the phone behind the wheel.
Luckily, there are a few things that personal drivers and employees can do to help to reduce their risks of a serious accident.
Halt Distracted Driving:
-Keep cell phones out of the driver’s seat.
-Keep your phone in the back seat or in the glove box.
-Change your voicemail message to alert callers that you may not be answering because you could be driving.
-Pull over before answering a call or making a call.
Wear a Seat Belt:
-Make sure that everyone in the vehicle is buckled during every trip.
-Make sure that children are in the right seat and are properly buckled in during every ride.
-Never fit more people in your car than there are seat belts.
Avoid Aggressive Driving:
-Keep your emotions in check.
-Plan ahead before setting out.
-Only use your horn when necessary.
-Focus on your own driving.
-Know where you’re going and how to get there before leaving.
-Check out the weather and traffic conditions before hitting the road.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a work-related accident in Greenville or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your rights. Call us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Ergonomics to Reduce Work-Related Injuries in Charlotte and Elsewhere, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, June 9, 2012
Work-Accidents in Spartanburg and Elsewhere Targeted through Employee Wellness Campaign, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, June 4, 2012