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Data can result in proactive safety policies

Published on May 18th, 2019

Accidents that occur on Illinois roads could result in expensive vehicle repair and medical bills. They can also result in costs to employers if their vehicles were involved in such crashes. Research indicates that accidents caused by distracted drivers tend to be more serious than others. This is because someone who is looking at a phone may not slow down before colliding with another vehicle. However, data may be able to help reduce the odds of distracted driving.

For example, trucking companies can determine when a driver accelerates or brakes too hard. From there, a trainer could teach the driver how to avoid those situations in the future. Such an event could also cause a camera to go on to monitor the person operating the truck. This may help a fleet manager determine if a driver is hurt or otherwise putting him or herself in harm’s way when behind the wheel.

In some cases, stress can play a role in a driver’s unsafe behavior. Managers can reduce stress by ensuring that drivers are given reasonable schedules and are allowed to be home when they need to be with their families. By taking these steps, companies can keep employees happier, make roads safer for commercial and passenger vehicles and reduce the costs incurred when an accident occurs.

Those who experience both minor or major injuries in an accident may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney may help to determine if negligence played a role in the crash occurring. For instance, a driver may be negligent for failing to stop at a stop sign or red light. Other examples of negligence include driving too fast for road conditions or while tired. An injured victim may obtain compensation for medical costs in a lawsuit.

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