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Can bad weather cause workplace traffic crashes?

When it comes to workplace traffic crashes, there are many issues to keep in mind. Following a wreck, the consequences can be devastating for victims, the families of victims, and even employers. As a result, prevention should be a top priority and employers, as well as those who operate a vehicle for work purposes, should be aware of the different road hazards that can cause a crash.

According to data published by the Federal Highway Administration, inclement weather plays a role in about 22 percent of the motor vehicle wrecks that happen. Among these collisions, some involve workers who were performing their job responsibilities, such as delivery truck drivers, taxi drivers, and so on. There are many ways in which weather can cause a crash, such as snowfall and ice. However, some may not realize that most accidents caused by bad weather happen due to rain and slick roads. Moreover, other weather events, such as wind and fog, can also play a role in accidents. For example, severe wind may knock a tree limb down, creating an obstruction on the road. Or, fog might prevent a driver from seeing the road.

When a worker is hurt while driving, they should go over their different resources. Recovering from a workplace traffic crash can be difficult and may take time, but there are options available to workers who have found themselves in this tough spot. Unfortunately, more people will inevitably find themselves involved in an on-the-job vehicle accident in the days and months to come.

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