Preparing for an accident before it happens and knowing what to do if it does are key responsibilities of truck drivers, according to an article on the Travelers website. Often, truck fleets have accident response plans to direct drivers step-by-step through the process. It may help to know more about these steps in the event you or someone you love has a legal claim involving an accident with a truck.
According to the report, truck drivers are required to stop for all accidents, even minor ones. They must set up emergency warning devices, check other drivers and passengers for injuries and call 911. Once immediate needs are met, truckers have a responsibility to exchange information with the other driver and alert the insurance company of the accident.
Some companies also ask truckers to document the scene of the accident, providing drivers with report forms and even disposable cameras. Other information that drivers may be asked to collect includes information about weather, road conditions, injuries, property damage, lighting and responders (such as the police, tow trucks or ambulances). If it is safe to do so, truckers may also be asked to take photos or video of the accident scene, which can reveal an obstructed view, malfunctioning traffic signals or even potential witnesses.
These steps, reported the article, can help trucking companies determine a root cause for the accident. It is important to note that victims of trucking accidents can take the same steps, too, to help their attorney determine the “why” and – in the event of negligence – encourage a company to make changes to help prevent similar accidents in the future.