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What You Can Do If Your Wisconsin Employer Is Pressuring You to Use a Cell Phone While Driving

You know the dangers associated with distracted driving. You do what you can to avoid texting and driving or even talking on a hands-free device while driving.

In the evening or on weekends you may be successful, but it may be harder to do during the workweek. Your boss expects that you will be immediately available even if you are traveling on US 41 from a client’s place of business in Green Bay to another client’s location in Appleton.

Five Ways to Avoid Distracted Driving And Keep Your Job

Despite the risk of being in a serious distracted driving crash on US 41, you may be hesitant not to answer your client’s call or your boss’s text. However, it is important that you do so that you can keep yourself, and others traveling US 41, safe. To that end, you may:

  1. Ask your employer if there are any policies in place about using a cell phone while driving.
  2. Explain your hesitation to your employer.
  3. Talk to your human resources representative if you feel pressured.
  4. Pull over if there is a call or text you can’t miss.
  5. Ask your employer to provide a hands-free device for you.

Of course, you should also refuse to do something that puts you, or others, in danger. It simply isn’t worth the risk. 

What to Do If You Are In an Accident

If you’ve been injured in a distracted driving crash while driving for work on US 41, or elsewhere in Wisconsin, then you should go through the typical steps that you would after any auto accident. You should contact the police and get medical attention, for example. You should also notify your employer.

To learn more about the risks of distracted driving please watch our free videos and share them with your employer. It may help your employer make different decisions about whether you should respond to a text or answer the phone while driving and it may help keep you, and others, safe.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham