The Driver's Accident Checklist

Reflective triangles for safetyEvery transportation company’s ultimate goal is to strive toward zero crashes. But, as we all know, accidents do happen. Having the knowledge, the plan, and the documentation for managing the crash when it occurs is paramount.

First and foremost, drivers should be trained on what to do in the event of a crash as part of the onboarding process. Below is a handy checklist for drivers who are involved in a crash to ensure the appropriate steps are being taken to mitigate the risk to your company and the driver.

  • Drivers should immediately stop their vehicle in a safe place after an accident if the situation allows.
  • Drivers should immediately activate flashers. If it’s possible to move the truck, it should be pulled off the road or as far to the side as possible to prevent further collisions.
  • If the driver is injured, he or she should remain in the truck (unless necessary to evacuate for safety reasons) and wait for emergency medical assistance to arrive. Moving could cause further injury.
  • If the driver is not injured, he or she may check the accident scene for others who might be injured if it can be done in a safe manner without risking injury to him/herself or others.
  • Drivers should notify authorities by calling 911.
  • Take steps to prevent further collisions and injuries if practical and the geography allows. Uninjured drivers may set out reflective triangles or flares to warn other traffic.
  • In some cases, it may be necessary to deal with an emergency situation such as a fire or hazardous material spill. When safe, drivers should check their vehicle to make sure no emergency situations exist.
  • Drivers should be reminded not to speak with anyone at the scene of the crash except for law enforcement and emergency personnel.

To learn more about how InfoStream’s safety, regulatory and compliance managed services can help your organization be better prepared to respond to accidents, visit www.infostreamonline.com or call 833.255.5046.

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