And yet, drivers can’t just hand over their lives to thieves.
Industry research has found conclusive evidence that any kind of legal issues cause workplace distraction, absenteeism and lost productivity. According to Corporate Wellness magazine, 48% of a company’s employees will experience some business or personal legal issues — including ID theft — throughout the year and will be away from their jobs at least 51 hours per year to solve them.
Even with an ordinary 9-to-5 worker, time spent away from work dealing with any legal issue ends up costing employers thousands of dollars in overtime, absenteeism, higher insurance and compensation premium claims, administrative costs and lost employee production.
In the case of truck drivers, ID theft couldn’t happen at a worse time. Driver behavior is now under a regulatory magnifying glass, thanks to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and its close scrutiny of driver behavior. The distraction potential of a driver trying to put his identity crisis to rest while still paying attention to what’s happening on the interstate is disturbing, to say the least.