Analysis of auto claims data revealed that rear-impact collisions had the highest number of claims and the highest severity out of all claims that CNA handled. In fact, this type of claim made up over 25% of all automotive claims for landscape contractors.
Driver inattentiveness and lack of concentration are the primary factors in rear-impact collisions. Other factors are aggressive driving, time management and route planning.
Rear-impact type collisions often occur when drivers follow too close for conditions or when the driver is distracted or speeding. Drivers can be distracted by situations outside or inside the vehicle. Companies must help control distractions inside the vehicle and make drivers aware of maintaining adequate distance from the vehicle ahead of them.
The following materials address ways to avoid rear-end accidents:
- Avoiding Front and Rear-impact Vehicle Incidents
- Safe Driving Techniques DVD (cost associated)
- Safety Tailgate Training Manual (cost associated)
- PLANET/OSHA Safety Tip Sheet #3