What Employers Can Do to Help Reduce Drowsy Driving Accidents

Several studies have established that employees, who work in shift-based jobs, may be at a much higher risk of excessive sleepiness, and consequently driving while fatigued. Drowsy driving is a much-neglected factor in motor vehicle accidents in Illinois. For help filing a car accident claim, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer.

Employers however can reduce those risks. Eliminating shift-based work is not practical, and therefore, employers need to look at other approaches. Research has indicated that alertness management approaches can be effective in helping reduce fatigue, when a person is driving home. Besides, employers must also account for the fact, that there are differences among individual workers tolerance to night work. Some workers may be much more severely impacted by night work than others. Employers must take these points into consideration, while determining schedules.

Employers should also educate employees about the risks of drowsy driving, when they are working irregular hours, or working during nighttime. Employers can make arrangements for napping for night shift workers in order to help employees maintain their circadian rhythm, and minimize the risk of sleepiness.

Employers can also invest in physical training for employees because this is also believed to help reduce the risk of fatigue among employees.

If you were involved in a drowsy driving accident, it can be challenging to file a claim and prove that the other motorist was fatigued while driving. Speak to a Denver car accident lawyer about how you can recover damages.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.