When an accident happens, immediate action is necessary. Complete the following steps as soon as possible after an accident:
1. Stop immediately - Remain calm and pull your vehicle as far off the road as possible.
2. Prevent additional accidents - Turn on the vehicle's four-way flashers and then set out emergency warning devices. These reflective triangles must be set out within 10 minutes of stopping.
3. Check for injuries - If anyone is hurt, call for medical assistance.
4. Notify law enforcement - When contacting law enforcement, state the location of the accident, number of vehicles involved and number of people involved.
5. Document the accident - Detail is important, so include the following information: Time & location, description of damage to vehicles/property, names and addresses of all involved as well as insurance companies of all involved, type, make, model, license number of all vehicles and the name(s) & department(s) of investigating officer(s). Also draw a simple diagram of the accident scene.
6. Notify your motor carrier - Follow your motor carrier's notification policies/procedures.
7. Complete a preliminary report - Depending on the motor carrier policy, a preliminary accident report is often used as part of a motor carrier's investigation into the accident.
Source: J.J. Keller August 2017 newsletter