Facts Employers Must Know
From the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
1. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all age groups 3 to 33 years of age. Crashes are the 3rd leading cause of
years of potential life lost for all ages combined.
2. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S.
3. A typical driver in the U.S. travels 12,000 to 15,000 miles annually and has a one in 15 chance of being involved in a motor vehicle
collision each year.
4. The most dangerous part of the day for any employee is the time they spend in their vehicle with a crash occurring every 5 seconds,
property damage occurring every 7 seconds, an injury occurring every 10 seconds, and a motor vehicle fatality occurring every 12 minutes.
5. Forty-one percent of the average vehicle miles traveled per household are from commuting to and from work (27%) and driving on work-related
6. The average on-the-job crash costs an employer about $16,500 or just under $0.16 per mile driven. Crashes involving injuries cost
substantially more – $504,408 for a fatal injury and $73,750 for a nonfatal injury.
7. With over 90 percent of motor vehicle crashes caused by human error, employers with high roadway exposure are at risk for a serious
crash resulting in a lawsuit against their organization. Damages awarded to plaintiff’s making negligence claims against companies are at an all-time high, settlements of $1 million or more are not unusual.
8. The development, implementation, enforcement, and monitoring of a strong driver safety program can protect an organization’s human
and financial resources. Such a program allows an organization to be proactive in controlling crash risks and is the first line of defense against the potentially staggering costs from motor vehicle crashes involving employees.