ACCIDENTS HAPPEN: HOW TO PREPARE YOUR DRIVERS
Your drivers are well-trained
professionals, but what about everyone else on the road? This post focuses on
why it’s important to provide your drivers with the necessary tools in the
event of a crash.
DOT Reportable Accidents: What
to Tell Your Drivers
A DOT reportable accident is
one where a fatality occurred, a vehicle was towed from the accident, or
someone was sent immediately to a hospital or doctor. Motor carriers should not
only advise drivers how to handle these types of accidents, but expectations
should be clearly stated in a Driver’s Manual.
Here are five things your
drivers need to know about a DOT reportable accident:
- The driver must be drug
& alcohol tested following all fatal accidents. If
your driver was cited for any of the other DOT reportable reasons, then
your driver needs to make arrangements to have a Post-Accident Drug and
Breath Alcohol test. A driver only has eight hours to complete an alcohol
test and 32 hours for the drug test. If for any reason your driver cannot
get this done within the time allotted s/he must document why s/he are
unable to complete testing. If your driver is unable to find a lab
that does the testing, s/he may call Global Safety at 701-792-9808
- With whom to talk. Your
driver(s) should not talk to anyone other than the motor carrier’s
insurance company and law enforcement officers, or adjusters assigned by
the insurance company.
- The Insurance Company will
help with HazMat. The motor carrier’s insurance company
will make arrangement for towing companies, if HazMat is involved or if
Diesel spill cleanup is needed.
- The driver(s) must keep in
contact with dispatch. Always advise the Shipper and Consignee
if there is damage to the cargo.
- Take photos of the
actual photos of damages, the area around accident scene, skid marks, and
road photos before and after accident scene. be sure to also photos of
license plates of vehicles around you, in case of a witness account.
Truck Insurance Claims Kit
In addition to a Driver’s
Manual, it is important that each driver be equipped with a claims kit. At a
minimum, each and every motor carrier should provide its driver(s) with the
following in a claims kit:
Accident Investigation Report
Company Name and Number
- Cargo Claim