Just as motorists of passenger vehicles are expected to follow certain procedures after a collision (i.e. remain at the scene, call the police, exchange information, etc.), there are certain things truckers should do after engaging in a crash. Trucking Info highlighted what these are using information provided by an associate vice president of transportation for HNI Risk Services, which “works with high-performing companies to help them address the hidden risks in their business.” Below we share with you what these are but also keep in mind that you should follow any procedures your employer has outlined for you as well.
- Remain at the scene of the accident.
The first thing truckers need to remember is that they should never leave the scene of the accident, regardless of whether they are at fault or not. Aside from it being unethical, truckers are required by law to remain at the scene until the police have arrived. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truckers must “stop after an accident and either give information to the other party, render aid, or attempt to locate and notify the operator or owner of other vehicles involved in the accident.” If they fail to do so, it could lead to them being disqualified from driving and even facing charges for violating the law.
- Stay calm.
Truck accidents are traumatic experiences, more so for the occupants of passenger vehicles than those operating the large truck. The reason being is that in most accidents involving CMV’s (commercial motor vehicles), those riding in passenger vehicles are often the ones to suffer the most as the size and the weight of their vehicle can’t handle the impact of the truck along with the contents inside of it. Therefore, if you are a trucker who was involved in a collision, Trucking Info reminds you to stay calm and points out that you are still on duty and still representing the company in which you work for.
- Remember to secure the scene.
Trucking Info cites that you should put your reflectors out after the incident. “One reflector goes 10 feet behind the vehicle, a second one 100 feet behind, and the third goes 100 feet in front (if it’s not a divided highway) or 100 feet behind the second reflector.”
- Call 911 and check on the wellbeing of the other individuals who were involved.
It is important that a police officer is dispatched to the scene immediately so that they can call in any additional support agencies to provide the required aid the victims need. While waiting for help, you should check on the others who were affected by the incident and if you are able to, render aid until the police and emergency medical personnel arrive.
- Take photos.
Capturing the accident scene on camera is an extremely important step you don’t want to skip. The fact is, once other agencies arrive and begin investigating and clearing the scene, you could lose evidence that proves you weren’t at fault, given that you weren’t. Having photos of the accident scene, the damage sustained, the injuries you or the drivers suffered, etc. also gives your employer an idea of just how serious the accident was.
- Exchange information.
Although the police report will have all the information you need regarding who the other driver was along with their insurer, it can’t hurt to gather some information yourself given the others involved are physically able to communicate with you.
If you are a truck driver who operates a semi, tractor-trailer, dump truck, or even a garbage truck and you were involved in a crash in or nearby to Marietta, GA, it would be in your best interest to contact a Marietta, GA trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to recover compensation from your employer, the other party involved, your insurer, etc. for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. To find out what you are eligible to receive based on your role in the collision, contact Imbriale Injury Law today.
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