Millions of workers drive or ride in a motor vehicle as a part of doing their jobs. Workers who drive on the job may be “professional” drivers whose main job is to transport freight or passengers. Many other workers spend a substantial part of the work day driving a vehicle owned or leased by their employer, or a personal vehicle. Any worker who is a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle, or who walks on the road during the work day, may be injured or die in a work-related crash. The type of company or job doesn’t matter – the risk is there.
Motor vehicles are consistently the leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States. In 2012, 36% of all work-related fatalities reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics were associated with motor vehicles. Between 2003-2012, 18,716 American workers died in work-related crashes:*
- 12,458 worker deaths in single- or multiple-vehicle crashes on public highways
- 3,316 deaths of pedestrian workers from being struck by a motor vehicle
- 2,942 worker deaths in single- or multiple-vehicle crashes off the highway or on industrial premises
More information on work-related deaths from motor vehicle crashes.