Zurich in North America held a webinar last week with hope of creating the awareness that companies can be found “vicariously liable” for accidents that occur while an employee drives distracted.

At the webinar entitled, “Distracted Driving: How much can a call or text really cost your organization?” the company discussed the causes, effects, and costs of distracted driving, a company’s liability for employee use of a mobile communication device while driving, and ways to decrease this risk by instilling policies that discourage distracted driving.

“Businesses may not be aware that if their employees conduct business while operating automobiles, machinery, or other vehicles or vessels, liability for a resulting accident can—and has—been placed on the shoulders of the company,” said Armand Fernandez, Zurich’s chief risk engineering officer. “Zurich believes that the safety of a business’s employees should always be the top priority. Financial and reputational repercussions can also be substantial if a business is found vicariously liable in a distracted driving accident.”

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