Startling Facts about Driver Safety

Startling Facts about Driver Safety

Is Your Company at Risk?

Employees who drive are costing organizations resources, time and money. Traditionally organizations have manually tracked driver behavior with infrequent use of static driving records. Too often, this left organizations without adequate visibility into which drivers were at risk resulting in escalating costs and liability concerns. 

Driver Risk Management continuously monitors for negative changes, automates risk analysis and presents a proprietary Driver Risk Score in an easy to use Driver Dashboard. Now in real-time, an organization will know who the high, medium, and low-risk drivers are with a single platform.

You Must Know Your Drivers

  • Know their past and present incidents in personal and business vehicles.
  • Be aware of driving behaviors on and off the job.
  • Recognizing past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.


Accidents are Caused by Drivers

FACT: People Cause Accidents

94% of all accidents are caused by people

In 2016, 94% of crashes were found to be a result of human behavior as opposed to vehicle or environmental causes.

  • Distracted driving increases accident likelihood by 64%, with increasing distractions behind the wheel now over 6% of accidents are directly caused by texting while driving
  • 41% of crashes in 2016 were determined to be due to recognition error including driver inattention, internal/external distractions and inadequate surveillance as opposed to decision error like running a red light or performance error like over compensation on ice.

FACT: Speeding Kills

27% of auto fatalities are related to speeding

  • A recent study from the National Transportation Safety Board declares speeding is what’s killing American drivers. In 2016 alone, speeding killed 10,111 people, accounting for more than a quarter (27%) of all traffic fatalities that year.
  • The consequences of speeding are many:
    • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control;
    • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;
    • Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger;
    • Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries;
    • Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and
    • Increased fuel consumption/cost.


Fatalities are speeding related

FACT: Companies with Fleets DO NOT monitor Drivers


Do NOT Monitor drivers

70% of companies with automotive fleets DO NOT monitor drivers as standard practice

Ironically enough, fleet vehicle accidents are among the most expensive injury claims for business. The average cost of a loss related to fleet vehicle accidents is approximately $70,000, which is almost twice the cost of the average workplace injury.

Driver Risk and Safety Management Survey Results

  • Do NOT have a safety program 59% 59%
  • Do NOT pull annual MVRs 66% 66%
  • Use an electronic MVR system 26% 26%
  • Say driver safety is priority #1 80% 80%

FACT: Risky Driving is Costly to the Community

In 2010, there were 32,999 people killed, 3.9 million were injured, and 24 million vehicles were damaged in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The economic costs of these crashestotaled $242 billion. Included in these losses are lost productivity, medical costs, legal and court costs, emergency service costs (EMS), insurance administration costs, congestion costs, property damage, and workplace losses. The $242 billion cost of motor vehicle crashes represents the equivalent of nearly $784 for each of the 308.7 million people living in the United States, and 1.6 percent of the $14.96 trillion real U.S. Gross Domestic Product for 2010.


The economic impact of motor vehicle crashes


Economic cost to society for each fatality


Average cost of each critically injured survivor


Cost of lost workplace productivity

1 in 5

Drivers will be involved in an auto accident annually

1 in 2

Drivers will be involved in an auto accident annually

3 in 5

Personal injury lawsuits are won by the plaintiff

FACT: Employers’ Motor Vehicle Costs Crush the Bottom Line

Motor vehicle crash injuries on and off the job cost employers $47.4 billion in direct crash-related expenses which include medical care, liability, lost productivity and property damage.  Almost one half of this cost resulted from off-the-job injuries to workers and their dependents.

What Companies Can Do About It

Start with a comprehensive baseline MVR that scores drivers against your safety policy on day 1 – identifying the best ones or those who need training

Continuously monitor drivers’ MVR records going forward and receive automated alerts when a change occurs

Intervene with remedies to maintain a team of drivers who are consistently safe on the road


  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts.” Feb. 2015.
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Quick Facts 2015.” 2015.
  3. Driver Risk and Safety Management Survey. Automotive Fleet magazine. 2014.
  4. The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes. 2010 (Revised May 2015), NHTSA.
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2013 Motor Vehicle Crash Study. The Legal Finance Journal. Aug. 2011.
  6. “Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers – 2015.” Network of Employers for Traffic Safety. March 2016.

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DS Services: Improving Safety Policies and Procedures

DS Services: Improving Safety Policies and Procedures

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Improving Safety Policies

The DS Services team already had smart safety policies and procedures in place and is committed to continuous improvement. It sends employees through driver education programs and company-specific safety training, utilizes telematics and automatic braking devices on-vehicle, and implements a strict safety points program, while regularly retooling its motor vehicle policy. DS Services prides itself on having a truly progressive practice – and that requires compliance, safety, risk, and HR to work as a team.

“We don’t use technology for disciplinary reasons,” admits Clayton. “Our goal is to identify unsafe behavior and coach drivers to change using the tools we have in hand. Our drivers realize that, and many will attest to how valuable it is and how it’s helped them.”

Implementing SambaSafety was the next step in elevating its safety policy. “With SambaSafety, we are able to demonstrate to our insurance companies, customers, and employees that we’re committed to safety,” adds Shetikka Royal, senior risk analyst, DS Services. “We intend to use analytics, trend information, and data from SambaSafety to further improve our workers’ compensation program. We’ll be able to incorporate preventive measures and better correlate driving behavior with risk.”


We’ve reduced our reliance on self-reporting. Being able to flag drivers before they tell us there’s an issue compliments the mandatory self-reporting policy and makes safety more efficient. If safety is doing its job, then there’s less risk.

Shetikka Royal

Senior Risk Analyst, DS Services

DS Services has had SambaSafety in place for 18 months, and the potential ROI is already becoming obvious. In addition to saving the company hundreds of hours a year in manual driver monitoring, DS Services also recognizes a driver issue before it’s too late. “Pre-maintenance is what this is all about,” continues Gay. “We don’t want to fix a problem; we want to prevent a problem. Like with the med cards, drivers can get pulled for not being updated with the state. We prevent that – keeping them on the road and helping them get paid.”

Clayton adds, “The soft cost is huge. Whether we see it today, or we see it in a couple of years, with a program like this, being able to recognize an issue before it’s too late is going to save many employees, and that’s good for business.”

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Creating a Driver Safety Culture

Creating a Safety Culture

Find out how driver monitoring can reduce accidents, save organizations money, and protect the people and communities you serve.





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The path to a thriving business has to be navigated safely – in more ways than one. Whether your drivers use company vehicles or their own, they can create liabilities, complexity, and unforeseen expenses.

The numbers don’t lie: Driver monitoring can reduce accidents, save organizations money, and protect the people and communities you serve.

An organizational culture of safety, where drivers and leadership are invested in success, can be the best complement to monitoring technology. Only when all parties are committed can organizations truly alter their safety outcomes.

In our free white paper, “Creating a Safety Culture,” we’ll show you:

  • Leadership’s responsibility in setting the tone – not just policy
  • How to address the legal complexities of drivers and fleets
  • How to use safety-related data to create organizational change
  • 10 questions to ask of your driver safety policy

The Economic Impact of Crashes


Costs of motor vehicle crashes in 2010


of crashes are the result of human behavior


Lost workplace productivity costs

Information Drives Safety

Your business depends on the safety of your employees. When human error can cost you millions, you need the most current information available to help you identify risk, make smart personnel decisions, and protect your workforce.

SambaSafety gives you the insight you need to reduce accidents, ensure compliance, and lower costs. Our solutions enable you to:

  • Identify high-risk drivers.
  • Consistently enforce driver safety policies.
  • Receive timely alerts concerning DUIs, suspensions, and violations.

Whether your employees are driving commercial, company-owned, or personal vehicles, SambaSafety gives you continuous visibility into their behavior – so you can ensure you have qualified, responsible employees representing your business.

View the video link to learn how SambaSafety can help you improve driver safety, reduce risk, and simplify driver administration.

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Vigillo and J.J. Keller partner for risk analysis, driver training

[This article originally appeared on the Commercially Carrier Journal website November 23rd, 2016]

by Aaron Huff, CCJ

Managing driver safety and compliance can be a high-risk, time consuming process.

Staying on top of the data stream can be difficult with onboard computers and telematics systems pushing email alerts for every critical safety event – speeding, harsh braking, hours-of-service violations, and more.

A growing number of fleets also use video event recorders to capture additional data and risk observations.

Consumed by data, managers may not have enough time to remediate the risk that surfaces in their data by holding coaching and training sessions with drivers.

Vigillo has been providing CSA scorecards and data mining products in the transportation industry for more than nine years.

Vigillo has been providing CSA scorecards and data mining products in the transportation industry for more than nine years.

In the aftermath of an accident, plaintiff attorneys will likely seek punitive damages by proving that management knew — or should have known — of risks but failed to act in a timely manner.

For these reasons and others, technology providers see a demand for automated risk management systems.

Automated response

Recently, Vigillo and J.J. Keller & Associates joined forces to create an automated system to analyze and remediate risk.

Vigillo’s big data analytical platform, called Athena, captures fleet CSA violations from roadside inspections as well as real-time critical event and hours-of-service data from telematics systems. Fleets use the platform to identify areas of risk and deficiencies.

J.J. Keller has a library of online driver training courses. The companies have been working to map J.J. Keller’s training courses, by topic, to the specific areas of deficiency that Vigillo identifies for its fleet customers based on their CSA and telematics data, among other data sources.

If a driver has a speeding event, for instance, Vigillo automatically assigns the driver an online training course from J.J. Keller on speeding. Similarly, a driver with an hours-of-service violation, a bad pre-trip inspection, or other risky or non-compliant behavior would be assigned the appropriate training modules.

Vigillo will send drivers online training assignments from J.J. Keller when its analysis of fleet CSA and telematics data indicates an area of risk.

Vigillo will send drivers online training assignments from J.J. Keller when its analysis of fleet CSA and telematics data indicates an area of risk.

When the training is assigned to a driver, the driver automatically receives an e-mail with a link to take the online module. J.J. Keller updates Vigillo’s database with the status of the training and the results.

Steve Bryan, chief executive of Vigillo, says the system is designed to not overwhelm drivers with training videos. Training assignments could be prioritized based on a hierarchy of risk factors, for example.

Overall, the system will work like a “doctor-patient relationship,” he explains. Vigillo will diagnose the problem and assign the appropriate J.J. Keller training module for the prescription.

The doctor-patient relationship doesn’t end with a training prescription. Vigillo will continue to monitor the fleet’s CSA and telematics data and schedule check-up visits, so to speak, to determine if the prescription is working, he says.

Assuming the prescription works, a fleet should see a steady decrease in violations and crash risk.

Likewise, J.J. Keller will use the ongoing analysis to find areas where new and more customized training courses can address risk factors, says Brian Kubiak, director of marketing for J.J. Keller training.

Vigillo will begin pilot testing the new system next month, Bryan says, and will offer it to fleet customers for a flat fee, per driver, and require an annual contractual agreement.

Directed training

Instructional Technologies, Inc. (ITI), developer of Pro-Tread online driver training courses, has been working with telematics providers and its fleet customers to automatically assign Pro-Tread training courses based on critical safety events.

As an example, Dr. Jim Voorhees, chief executive of ITI, mentioned the possibility of automatically assigning training to events captured by Telogis Coach, an optional app

The Telogis Coach app is an automated tool for driver performance reporting.

The Telogis Coach app is an automated tool for driver performance reporting.

for the Telogis cloud-based fleet management platform.

Fleets use Telogis Coach to give drivers real-time feedback and alerts for safety and performance. Once Telogis Coach catches an exception, like a driver speeding or hard braking, a Pro-Tread training module could automatically be assigned to the driver to complete, he says.

Gorilla Safety offers a mobile fleet management system that comes complete with electronic logs, driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs), document management, accident reporting and more features.

The company says the system will include a scorecard feature for drivers and managers by the end of this year. The scorecard will give drivers instant alerts and a summary view of their safety and compliance performance. This in-cab mobile app will help fleets fix problems in real time rather than waiting for a reactive response from management, says Tommy Johnson, co-founder of Gorilla Safety.

Gorilla Safety

Gorilla Safety’s fleet management system is available for iOS and Android devices

Gorilla Safety is developing an automated write up process for when drivers operate outside safety and compliance parameters. An instant notification would be sent to the fleet manager, who then would choose one of three possible responses to streamline the process.“If you give some type of alert or notification in the cab that changes behavior,” he says. “That is the way we are all wired. It is aggravating to hear a beep, and you will be conscious of that.”

The manager could press option #1 to write up the driver, option #2 to ignore it and type in notes to explain why, and option #3 to train the driver. Currently, the training would be a text or Word document explaining the company policy to the driver, says Mark Walton, co-founder of Gorilla Safety.

“We want to make a manger’s life as easy as possible,” he says.

About Vigillo

Founded in 2007 by a team of talented statisticians and nimble software engineers, Vigillo specializes in translating copious and complex data into simple, accurate, and usable CSA analytics and interactive dashboards. Operating with the philosophy “if you can measure it, you can manage it,” Vigillo leads the industry in visionary data-based solutions for fleet safety and business compliance in commercial transportation.  For more information on Portland, Oregon-based Vigillo, visit


Improving the ROI of driver safety white paper

Employers lose an estimated $60 billion a year and nearly 3 million workdays to motor vehicle accidents.

Of that total, nearly $40 billion is directly attributable to on-the-job crashes involving employees.

Let’s begin with a question: Do you know who is behind the wheel? The reality is that for many enterprises with employees who drive as part of their job, the answer is, “I think so,” or maybe, “no.” Driver risk management has recently become a top issue for many organizations since it directly affects budgets and the bottom line. The fact that there are more than 100 million people driving for work-related activities on U.S. roads and many of them have invalid, suspended or no driver’s license at all should be cause enough for concern. But combining this with the facts that:

1) most organizations’ budgets are at best flat
2) P&C insurance rates are rising 14% every 2 years
3) 90% of crashes are due to human error
4) there are fewer qualified drivers available today
5) the number of lawsuits around negligence are skyrocketing

and it becomes clear that understanding exposure to driver risk is imperative for every organization.



Incidents involving a motor vehicle


Falls, trips and slips


Contact with objects or equipment

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