Speeding, crashes, inattentive driving, mechanical failure, load shifting, and taking a curve or sharp bend in the road too soon are just a few of the main causes of trucking accidents on our roadways every day. Accidents are unavoidable with over 300,000 truck drivers in the United States.
Consider the following suggestions to assist your fleet in reducing the possibility of accidents and responding effectively if one does occur.
A Step-by-Step Checklist
As part of the vehicle safety program, reviewing the procedures with drivers can assist them in knowing what to do in the event of an accident. No matter how small the collision appears to be, it is critical to pull over and check for any injuries or damage.
- Stop, regardless of how minor you believe the collision was
- Turn your caution lights on
- Move out of the way of traffic if it is safe to do so
- Examine the other drivers and passengers for any injuries
- To report the accident, dial 911
- Install emergency warning devices like warning triangles
- Once you’ve taken care of the urgent necessities on-site, contact your insurance carrier
- Notify the other driver of your situation (s)
- At the scene, arguing about who is to blame is counterproductive
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Preparing the Truck in Advance
Having the right supplies in your vehicle and having an easy-to-read checklist can help drivers know how to respond. These supplies can include:
- A 24-hour first point of contact list at your company
- An accident report form with pen or pencil
- A disposable camera to record images
- Warning triangles and a fire extinguisher
- 24/7 truck service repair
Photographing and Videotaping the Scene
Photo/video the scene:
- Both mid-range and close-up shots from all angles
- Vehicle positions before they are moved
- Approach and surroundings
- Signals and signage
- Skid marks and debris
- License plates – can help identify owners later