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 […]