Oryx Insurance Brokerage, Inc. wants to assist all policyholders in protecting their employees and family members from injuries and death caused by vehicle accidents. We are creating an event called “Operation Auto Safety Week” to heighten awareness on Auto Safety & Fleet Management.
We have dedicated the week of July 27 to July 31, 2020 to focus on automobile safety. We are encouraging every policyholder to participate in some type of auto safety event this week. In addition, we are asking all our agents to endorse the event by promoting and taking part in assisting our joint clients on the importance of auto safety.
Throughout the week, there will be daily educational e-mails and social media posts relating to vehicle safety. Oryx will also host virtual safety sessions and live webinars relating to auto safety. Our Loss Control Representatives will be visiting insureds with a positive focus on fleet safety policy & procedures. Policyholders who participate will receive a certificate of participation to display in their office with a copy sent to the underwriting file and a Sample Fleet Management Policy they can alter to fit their organization’s exposure and needs.
While distracted driving continues to be on the increase, it is not the only factor in vehicle crashes. In addition to distracted driving, speed, fatigue, and emotions are all topics that policyholders can train employees on.
According to US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10% of fatal crashes and 18% of injury crashes were distraction related. The National Sleep Foundation has reported that 60% of adult drivers have driven while feeling drowsy. AAA Foundation reports that aggressive driving played a role in 56% of fatal crashes.
Vicarious liability is serious, and businesses must take responsibility by having company policies, written safety programs, company-owned vehicle guidelines, employee training, and ongoing awareness.
Awareness is the first step in making a commitment to allow our employees to return to their family safely at the end of each day. Please participate in our inaugural event “Operation Auto Safety Week” and bring your employees home safe!
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Thomas A. Pasquale, President & CEO