By reducing chances of truck accidents occurring in your fleet of trucks, you can ensure substantial cost savings and save your drivers from life threatening disabilities. Here are a couple of ways you can do this:
Start with awareness
Prevention is better than cure and this is very true for truck accidents. So in order to control accident prevention, you need to be aware of the risks your drivers face on the road each day. The top ones you need to be aware of include:
- Debris on the road
- Loss of control
- Lane drifting
- Mechanical issues
- Driving off-road
- Shifting cargo
The best way to prevent these truck accidents from occurring at all is to ensure your drivers are well trained and follow the policies you have in place. This includes safety awareness that can have the biggest impact on your fleet irrespective of budget. The money you will spend on training will more than end up paying for itself when your trucks remain safe on the road and so do your drivers.
While technology has helped in a number of way to increase safety in fleets, it has done little to decrease accidents on the road. Companies that invest in safety awareness enjoy a number of benefits such as decreasing incidents, more cost saving, almost no liability claims and of course, decreasing fatalities and debilitating injuries.
In order to ensure this, you should:
Hire smartly – your drivers will be responsible for their safety on the road even if you give them all of the safety gear and training to ensure this. However, no manner of training can make a bad driver turn good overnight. Conduct thorough background checks of each applicant to ensure you only have the best on the road.
Conduct road tests – The best way to check if a potential driver has what it takes to be a part of your fleet, have them take a test drive. This should be at least 2 hours long so that you can see how they fare on the road and if they have the stamina to make long drives.
Control fatigue on the road – Trucking companies are feeling the burn as competition increases leading to an increase in marketing efforts which in turn has resulted in more trucks on the road. Driver fatigue has become quite common due to the increase in demand but you can control it in your fleet by maintaining hours of service or HOS guidelines for your truckers. Failure to do so can land you on the wrong side of the law and you may face expensive fines or a lawsuit.
Truck Accidents? Call Attorney Javier Marcos
Truck accidents are common on the road but they don’t have to be. If your fleet is under fire for negligent driving or you want to sue your fleet manager for injuries sustained on the road, Attorney Javier Marcos can help. We have years of experience supporting clients like you in court and ensuring they get the damages they deserve. Call 24 hrs for a free consultation 713.999.4444