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California driver error can raise workers' compensation defense

There are a large number of employees who must drive regularly as part of their job. As a result of these millions of workers traveling on California roads each day, there are also a substantial number of accidents that result in these employees suffering injuries. In a recent report, it was found that older drivers are far more likely to be involved in a fatal accident then younger drivers, causing many to look at their current driving policies to ensure each employee is protected. Not only would driving policies potentially save lives, but it my also provide a workers' compensation defense if a worker makes a claim.

The report found that those over 55 years old were 50 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident. Those 65 years old and older were found to be three times more likely to be involved in such an accident. Since accidents on the road have been reported to be the leading cause of work deaths, it is easy to see why there is so much concern as to the safe driving of employees while on the job.

As a result of the report, it has been suggested that driving policies be amended in order to provide further protections for older drivers. These protections may, according to the report, include allowing drivers further leeway in scheduling how much time they are on the road. It was also suggested that they drive less during night time hours and when they feel fatigued.

Ensuring that California drivers are operating their motor vehicles in a safe manner can be a primary concern for many motorists. As a result, clear expectations can be set to ensure that each employee is properly notified of what their responsibilities are while on the road. In the case of an injury sustained while driving, these policies may provide the road map to presenting the proper workers' compensation defense if a violation of these company rules occurs.

Source: Insurance Journal, Drivers Over Age 55 Far More Likely to Die in Job Accidents Than Younger, Drew Armstrong, Aug. 22, 2013

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