Employees Talking and Driving Pose Risk to Companies

May 21st, 2012 by JBWK

In what may be a fairly obvious connection, the Washington Post reports that employees who cause car crashes while on the clock–and on their cell phones–are a huge potential liability to employers.

The Post notes that juries have awarded over $20 million in some cases–paid by the employer, not the employee-driver. In response, a growing list of companies are outright banning employees from using cell phones while driving.

And if anyone thinks they’re going to cheat and get away with it, experts interviewed say cell phones (and soon cars) are able to track exactly when the device stopped moving, indicating the precise second of the crash. Armed with that information, call and text records can show if the driver was talking or texting the instant the crash occurred.

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