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Safety & Compliance: Preparing For a Crash

Drivers and others at your company need to know what to do in the aftermath of a serious accident.
We found this interesting article on the Trucking Info website.

Fleets should prepare for and practice what to do in the event of a serious accident just like they would for fire drills – from top management to dispatchers to drivers, according to Don Jerrell, a safety expert at HNI Risk Services.

Jerrell, a former driver and safety manager who’s now associate vice president of transportation for HNI, told attendees of the Fleet Safety Conference earlier this year that what drivers and other company personnel do immediately following an accident can help you win a lawsuit or cause you to lose one.

The key, he said, is proper preparation and proper training. Drivers should go through live exercises simulating the aftermath of a crash. Company spokespeople (have you designated who that should be?) should go through simulations of interviews with a camera in their face.

Because the driver is the one on the scene, Jerrell outlined seven steps drivers need to take when involved in an accident. These should be ingrained in them through proper training and practice:

1. Remain calm.

“Before you do anything, take a deep breath,” Jerrell recommended telling drivers. “There’s a high probability you’re the only person on this scene who’s a professional. The people on the scene expect you to do things right, the courts expect you to do things right.” Don’t admit fault to anyone – even a simple “I’m sorry” could be construed by a court as an admittance of guilt.

2. Stop.

Drivers should not move the unit from the crash site unless told to do so by police or signs posted on the highway. If stopping […]

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Commercial Truck Drivers – accidents happen!

Interesting article from the truckinginfo.com website

5 Things Drivers Never Should Do at the Scene of an Accident
The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is before you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow.

Here’s a list of five things drivers should never, ever do at the scene of an accident:

 
1. Do not leave the scene.
Drivers should stay on the scene of an accident until police and emergency responders arrive and tell them they can leave. Sounds like common sense, but it happens.
2. Do not get argumentative or physical.
Picking a fight — verbal or physical — is a surefire way to make a bad situation worse. How the driver conducts himself on the scene can have a major impact on whether the bystanders become a witness for or against a motor carrier. The emotional response of those involved in the situation will have an impact on how they remember the “facts” — it’s just human nature.
3. Do not discuss facts regarding the accident with anyone other than your company and the police.
There will be people who show up on the scene and start asking questions. Some may be innocent bystanders, some may be ambulance chasers sniffing for a big dollar verdict. We’ve run into situations where people working for attorneys have approached a driver saying “I’m from your insurance company, can you explain what happened?” The only people a driver should discuss the situation with is his or her own company and the police.
4. Do not admit to liability at the scene or volunteer to make payments — allow your company to make that decision after […]

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