According to DriveRisk 38.04% of accidents are caused by human error, 10.25% by road conditions and 6.7% by vehicle’s faults.
Top management, fleet managers and drivers should prepare and practice the correct procedures to follow in the event of a serious accident. If drivers know what to do at an accident scene, it can avoid a possible lawsuit. Drivers should know the company’s accident reporting policies and fill out any forms required soon after an accident.
Drivers should ensure that their windscreen remains clean, they have emergency equipment with them and to do a pre-trip inspection.
Equip your drivers with the following information to properly deal with an accident scene.
- Secure the scene – put reflectors out, to avoid a secondary crash from happening.
- Stop – Do not move the vehicle from the accident scene, unless you are told so by the police.
- Remain calm and stay focused – do not admit fault to anyone, deal with the situation in a professional manner.
- Get help – call 911 or ask people that might stop at the accident scene to phone for emergency medical assistance.
- Ask in a calm way if you may take down a witness’ information. If you can’t write down the witness’ information, take a photo of the license plate.
- Remain professional and polite, limit what you say.
- Do not discuss the accident with anyone except the police, your company and the insurance company.
- Do not sign anything at the scene of the accident except a citation from a police officer.
- Notify your company – give a neutral report without defending yourself.
- Take photos from every side of the vehicles involved in the accident
Globaltrack’s tracking solutions can be fitted with an optional impact sensor which detects impacts and rollovers of vehicles. Once an event is detected, an alert is sent to the control room to be displayed visually and/or with audible alarm. Your insurance company might request an accident report, this can be downloaded from Globaltrack’s web-based system, Webtrack.
Contact us if you need assistance in implementing and effective driver behaviour management programme, to minimise the risk of accidents.