Wyoming employers will want to make sure that their drivers are qualified for the position and that they exhibit safe, responsible behavior behind the wheel. This is because a report from Motus, the workforce management company, shows a clear correlation between auto accidents and smartphone ownership among the always-connected mobile workforce.

The 2018 Distracted Driving Report from Motus looked at data from 2013 to 2017. In that five-year period, the percentage of mobile workers with smartphones went up from 55 to 77, while the number of accidents they were involved in rose 12.3 percent from 5.7 million to 6.4 million.

Motus also calculated that mobile workers travel 49 percent more than any other type of employee, and they average about 1,200 “distracted miles” each year. Though smartphone use is not the only factor, it is the most crucial as it virtually affects everyone. In 2017, for instance, Americans drove a total of 107 billion miles while distracted by their phones.

Mobile workers are costing their employers significantly every time they get in an accident. The lost productivity resulting from an accident also impacts businesses; in 2017, mobile workers missed 1.65 million work days due to accidents.

Some companies unfortunately do little to nothing to address the issue of distracted driving among their employees. If such negligence is behind an accident, victims can file a claim against the business. A successful claim could cover medical expenses, vehicle damage, lost wages and other losses, but negotiations with the at-fault motorist’s insurance company may not go well without the assistance of a personal injury lawyer who has experience with these types of matters.