The following are guidelines to be advised a driver in case of accident: The basic procedure to be taken at any accident is provided below, but the order depends upon the necessity of the emergency situation. Remember remain calm.
1. Secure the scene:
They have to take the necessary precautions to prevent further accidents, ensure proper placement of triangles. Be sure the shipping papers are in reach and use your emergency response guide to determine the guidelines needed to protect the scene and assure their safety and that of the public.
2. Give all reasonable assistance to injured persons:
However, driver doesn’t have to move them unless their location is life-threatening. Report the accident to local authorities for investigation at the scene: This includes accidents occurring on private property, keeping in mind many law enforcement agencies will not respond to accidents on private property unless there is an injury or a fatality. Gathering the proper information is the responsibility of the driver.
a. They do not have to admit fault for the accident.
b. Also, don’t have to discuss the accident with or give a written or recorded statement to anyone other than investigating officer.
3. Notification to Safety Department
4. Exchange information with the other party:
a. License plate number
b. Other Drivers’ name, address, phone number and driver’s license number
c. Owner’s name, address and phone number
d. Name, address and phone number of any passengers
e. Name, address and phone number of any witnesses
f. Other party(s) insurance carrier
g. Description of other vehicle(s) – make, model, year, V.I.N. number
h. If other vehicle(s) is/are tractor/trailer, get the unit numbers and carrier name
i. Description of the property damage incurred by all vehicles
j. Investigating officer’s name and badge number. Ask for the address and phone number of the officer’s department and the numbers of the accident report.
You can begin this exchange of information even before authorities arrive at the scene. Remember to be polite and courteous at all times.
The driver doesn’t have to attempt to settle any accident by themselves. All accidents, no matter how minor they may seem, must be reported immediately.
As a professional driver, they should carry a camera on their truck. Take photographs of the scene and the damaged parts of your vehicle and the other vehicle(s) involved. Do not take pictures of injured or deceased individuals.
7. Unattended vehicles:
If they strike an unattended vehicle, STOP AND LOCATE THE DRIVER. If you cannot locate the driver, they should leave their name and phone number.
8. Very Important:
In case of (1) body injury or fatality, (2) any towed vehicle or trailer, (3) driver’s citations, tickets make sure Post–Accident Testing will be performed on driver. The driver has the time frame of only 8 hours to perform both alcohol and drug tests. Confirm, notify your driver about this DOT regulation and follow up.