Car and technology companies are promoting hands-free devices as a safer way to talk while driving. However, according to the National Safety Counsel (NSC):
There is a growing body of evidence showing that hands-free technology such as Bluetooth and ear pieces are just as hazardous as talking on a cell phone normally. A NSC report that references more than 30 research studies found that hands-free devices contribute to “inattention blindness” (when a driver looks at, but does not “see” objects), as well as slower reaction times and difficulty staying in a lane. The report concluded: “Driving while talking on cell phones — handheld and hands-free — increases risk of injury and property damage crashes fourfold.”
Every business with employees who drive for work purposes should have a sound policy in place that prohibits them from texting while driving and strongly discourages the placing or taking of calls while driving. Employers need to have a comprehensive approach to safe driving protocols that goes beyond just having a strong handbook policy. This is especially true when it comes to phone use while driving.
Because of studies showing that distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic accidents and deaths, both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and various states are imposing even greater restrictions on phone use while driving. In addition to liability concerns, phone use while driving could possibly have criminal implications. (See our article on employer liability as it concerns safe driving.)
Teric provides both strategic internal and external support to staff and clients in multiple areas. In addition, Teric leads the Private Client Group insurance team and is responsible for client service technology solutions and the small business service unit. He applies his years of experience to d
With 15+ years in the industry, Teric previously lead the overall marketing and information technology departments, in addition to implementing strategic growth initiatives across the organization. Today, Teric continues to focus on strategic initiatives to support the growth of the business and the service deliverables to clients. He is also primarily responsible for the integration of technology with traditional insurance solutions and leading a team of credentialed insurance specialists who are passionate about helping others protect their assets. Teric holds a bachelor’s degree from Loras College.
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