ONE OF YOUR TRUCKS HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE IT?
Accidents are classified as one of the most stressful occurrences trucking companies are forced to deal with. Despite the probability that your driver did not receive a violation or was cited as being at fault, that doesn’t stop the other involved party from pursuing legal action. The best way to combat a potential lawsuit is to follow proper post-accident procedures and avoid spoliation. Spoliation: the loss or destruction of potentially relevant information that should have been preserved for a civil litigation matter. FMCSAFETY protects our clients by providing them with the required files and instructions on retaining information that could be requested by an attorney in the future.
DRIVER POST-ACCIDENT KITS
FMCSAFETY offers your company a comprehensive Post-Accident Kit and post-accident procedures that provide a driver with a step-by-step reference if an accident occurs. Contents include but aren’t limited to:
- Accident Kit contents checklist
- Guidelines on how to interact with the investigating officer
- Guidelines on how to complete the provided witness statements
- Guidelines on how to photograph the accident scene properly
- Guidelines on how to measure skid marks
- Guidelines on how to complete the provided accident worksheets
Each accident kit contains a detailed Post-Accident Driver Report and Driver’s Description of Accident form. These worksheets require the driver to obtain all necessary information that you will need for insurance reporting, post-accident investigation, and to ensure the police report is accurately completed. It is critical that a driver complete these documents immediately after the occurrence of an accident to ensure he doesn’t overlook any important details.
The next document in our accident kit is the accident diagram. The purpose of this form is for the driver to accurately draw and record the setting surrounding the accident. The next document included is the Witness Statement. Witnesses are unbiased parties that can support your defense in the event the accident goes to trial or assist the officer in determining who the at-fault party is.
SUPERVISOR POST-ACCIDENT FORMS
Supervisors should be just as informed as drivers on the correct post-accident procedures. FMCSAFETY clients are equipped with supervisor post-accident procedures that include a decision chart to make an easy determination on if a DOT Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Screen is required per FMCSR §382.303. Also included are the time limitations on DOT Drug and Alcohol Screens per FMCSR §382.303.
Supervisors will also receive a Management Post-Accident Report. This form includes information that may not be available to the driver and information on how the company handled the post-accident procedure after the driver left the scene. Examples include: DOT Post- Accident Drug and Alcohol tests, accident report details, damage descriptions and estimates, and location of the vehicle(s) involved.
FMCSAFETY’s post-accident procedures, kits, and reports are more detailed and extensive than any mass-produced version you will find anywhere else. As with all of our products, Post-Accident Kits and Procedures are provided to clients at no additional charge and can be customized or edited to include any additional information your company needs.