Original Research

The effects of motor vehicle accidents on careers and the work performance of victims

Johanna C. Diedericks
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 40, No 1 | a1078 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v40i1.1078 | © 2014 Johanna C. Diedericks | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 October 2012 | Published: 16 April 2014

About the author(s)

Johanna C. Diedericks, Department of Human Resource Management, University of South Africa, South Africa


Orientation: Research into the long-term effects of motor accidents on the work performance and careers of victims in South Africa is limited. Results of this research are important for employers who must assist the employees after they return to work.

Research purpose: The purpose of this study was to contribute to research on the effects of the injuries by investigating the relationship between the severity of the injuries and the careers and growth potential of victims.

Motivation for the study: Employers could use the information on the effects of the injuries on the careers of victims to plan interventions and job accommodations to retain employees and to manage their well-being and performance.

Research design, approach and method: The author conducted a quantitative survey on a purposive sample (N = 199) of adult victims of motor vehicle accidents in 2010 in South Africa. She used descriptive and inferential statistics to analyse the data.

Main findings: The author observed a number of significant relationships between the effects of the different injuries on the careers and growth potential of victims.

Practical/managerial implications: Organisations and managers need to recognise the physical and psychological effects of injuries victims sustain in motor accidents and the associated responsibility of organisations to accommodate these employees.

Contribution/value-add: The findings of the study can add to the literature and provide insights into the consequences of the injuries. They also provide information that can assist organisations to create an awareness of job accommodation and employee wellness of accident victims.


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