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Multitasking is a bad idea if you drive for a living

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2019 | Workplace Accident |

Those who believe they are good at multitasking may be taking risks if driving is a part of the work they do. Delivery drivers, semi drivers, construction equipment drivers are just three examples of jobs that require workers to spend a lot of time behind the wheel. According to the National Safety Council, these workers may be at a greater risk of experiencing a vehicle-involved workplace accident if they attempt to multitask while driving.

In some of the driving jobs Omaha residents perform, they must also respond to phone calls or even text messages while driving. When employers demand this kind of multitasking from their employees, workers feel they have no choice but to comply with such demands. You have a right to workers’ compensation benefits if a work accident related to driving occurs. However, most Nebraska workers would agree that it is better to avoid the accident altogether. Below are some truths about multitasking revealed by the Council.

  • Trying to multitask slows your reaction time, which could lead to job-related injuries
  • Using your phone in hands-free mode is not as safe as you may believe
  • Even talking hands-free, drivers can miss spotting up to 50 percent of their environment
  • Talk-to-text conversations are nearly as distracting to motorists as the act of texting is

You need your job, but you also need your health. If employers demand multitasking skills while driving for the company, it is a good idea to discuss relevant safety concerns with your supervisors. Should the employer demands remain, you may need to weigh your personal safety against the value of your job. In the event you do suffer a workplace accident while driving, a legal professional can help you pursue and acquire all of the workers’ comp benefits you need to recover.