Training for Truck Accidents

Training for Truck Accidents

Accidents can happen and they certainly can cause a difficult situation but one that must be prepared for. Just like your company must undertake fire drills, it is just as important to practice truck accident drills too.

Knowing what you need to do in case of an accident is important. You have to ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities and the time when these tasks need to be completed in accordance with the DOT or FMCSA.

If these aren’t done correctly, then you could face the possibility of a criminal investigation into a cover-up of the facts in a case. To prevent this from happening, it is important that you collate and store together all information.  A claim might not come around immediately, and this can mean undue stress if you don’t act to protect the information or you file it away where you can’t put the information together.   Avoiding this is important for the well-being of your own health.

Remind staff of the importance of not sharing information on social media and not talking to the press or police without the guidance of your company’s attorney.

It is likely that any accident will appear on social media at some point, but this attention can affect the company’s position.  You will be happy, as a business owner, that you trained your team the right way by seeking council before you make any announcements.

It is key to use your insurance company to your benefit.  Use their expertise in the situation and make sure you appoint one person to deal with the case.  This limits the frustration felt for individuals who all need to communicate.  If it is just one person they need to talk to, you can make it easier to deal with everyone.

Practicing what you need to do regularly will ensure that if there is ever a critical accident you and your team are prepared.  Review the actions they need to take, whether it is setting up a remote supervisor or dispatching them to the scene to help liaise with the police and other investigation units.