The 7-Step Trucking Accident Procedure (Workers' Compensation)

Posted by Tony Brock | Jan 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

The 7-Step Trucking Accident Procedure


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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 newsletter

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