Vehicle crashes pose the greatest risk to your company. From a simple fender-bender backing into a dock to a critical crash involving serious injuries or fatalities, every vehicle-related incident puts your company in jeopardy.
A strategy of loss prevention and reduction is key to the success of most motor carriers. Not only will you reduce vehicle crashes, employee injuries, or damaged cargo, you can significantly improve your operation's profitability. Here are three areas to consider as you build your strategy:
1. TRAIN DRIVERS ON CRASH PREVENTION
A motor carrier's most significant asset is its drivers. A comprehensive driver training program that begins during new employee orientation and is continuous through out the year is a must. Post-crash training to learn from mistakes is also critical.
2. COMMUNICATE SAFETY TO ALL EMPLOYEES
Motor carriers that build a culture of safety tend to be more successful. Clear, consistent communication on safety topics helps to create a mindset of personal responsibility and ownership.
3. REPORT ALL ACCIDENTS IMMEDIATELY
Reporting a crash as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours after the incident helps your claim to be resolved more quickly, which means getting your truck back on the road faster and reducing the severity of a loss.
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Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.
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