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Workplace vehicle safety

Motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem across Illinois. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that motor vehicle accidents lead to more work-related deaths than any other cause. Many of these accidents occur when drivers collide with workers at roadside work sites or construction areas. When driver negligence leads to worker injuries, it may be possible to obtain appropriate compensation.

The CDC reports that 338 fatal vehicle accidents occur each year when drivers collide with workers who are on foot. One of the best ways to reduce vehicle-related workplace accidents can be implemented by managers and supervisors. By requiring all workers to undergo vehicle safety training, the likelihood of accidents on the job site may be reduced. This type of training should also include an emergency response plan that can be carried out should an accident occur.

The risk of workplace vehicle accidents may also be reduced by frequently inspecting and regularly repairing all vehicles that are used in the course of the workday. Company vehicles, from small truck to big rigs, should be inspected on a scheduled basis to spot problems before they become serious. Properly training workers in vehicle inspection and safety techniques may stop a vehicle problem from causing to a workplace injury.

No matter how much safety training is provided, negligent drivers who collide with workers can cause serious workplace injuries. Drivers are often expected to slow down and drive cautiously when entering work zones. An attorney may be able to use police accident reports, witness statements and traffic camera footage to prove in court that a driver ignored posted rules.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Motor Vehicle Safety", December 20, 2014

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