NCCI Traces Rise in Accidents to Smartphone Use
A new report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) indicates that the frequency of vehicle accidents in workers’ compensation continues to rise due to the overall increase in smartphone use [“Motor Vehicle Accidents in Workers Compensation – An Update”]. From 2011 to 2016, the frequency of all workers’ compensation claims fell 20.1 percent, but claims caused by motor vehicle accidents jumped 4.9 percent. According to the report, 13 percent of motor vehicle accident claims are from the trucking industry, while workers in other industries such as chauffeur and taxi drivers, salespeople, and automobile services workers accounted for 2 percent to 5 percent of claims.
NCCI cited the “rapid” expansion of smartphone ownership to 80 percent of adults during this period as a “possible contributing factor.” NCCI noted that stricter state laws on phone use while driving and vehicle safety improvements could lessen further increases in motor vehicle accident frequency.