https://hdfleet.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/driver-seatbelt-banner.jpgBeing a fleet driver is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. In 2019, work-related fatalities escalated to 5,333, the most on record since 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fatalities relating to work injuries were up 2 percent from 2018’s 5,250. Fleet drivers spend a good portion of their lives on the road so it is not surprising that 80% of fatal injuries in this occupation are due to motor vehicle accidents. The industry employs over 3 million people. Due to their size and longer stopping distance, trucks are more likely to be involved in vehicular crashes. Accidents take a toll on everyone involved — the fleet driver, other drivers, businesses, and the community. The average cost of a truck accident fatality is $7.2 million, while the cost of a non-fatal accident is close to $150,000, according to the FMCSA. Visible costs include truck and cargo damage, medical costs for injuries, increased insurance premiums, and more. There are also hidden costs — loss of clients, paid time off, worker’s compensation premiums, and administrative fees. Accurate Accident Footage While there is no foolproof way to completely prevent accidents and trucker fatalities, there are steps drivers and fleet operators can take to reduce the cost of crashes while also advancing highway safety. GPS tracking cameras are an important tool that offers peace of mind in the event of an accident, providing visual proof of what happened. Dual dash cams have proved vital in saving lives and reducing financial losses associated with accidents. Cameras offer real-time views of the interior and exterior portions of a truck. Continuous footage gives an accurate snapshot for accident reports. Video evidence is key to mitigating both financial and reputation losses. Preemptive Safety Measures Preventative measures can help your drivers avoid accidents and can also help establish internal safety procedures for the life of your company. GPS tracking cameras enable fleets to visually monitor drivers all along their daily routes. This footage helps to bring a sense of peace and stability to daily business operations. Further, data can be analyzed to provide insight on turns, braking, and speeding. This data can then be used to create ongoing training programs and best practice examples, to benefit both existing and future drivers. Optimized Routes for Less Driving Time One sure way to reduce accidents is to get your drivers off the road quickly and safely. The best way to do that is to get them where they need to be faster. This at first may seem counterproductive, with speeding a leading factor in many accidents. However, speed is not the only factor when considering efficiency. A better alternative is to instead use time more efficiently. This can be done by creating faster routes, based on compiled data. Dash cam footage not only tracks driver behavior but also provides insight into traffic patterns and construction zones. Utilizing this information can be of crucial importance in terms of delivery times.