Drivers Protect Yourselves from Accidents
Driving a truck means spending a lot of time on the road, whether you drive as an independent driver, or if you drive trucks across the country delivering loads for a company. Some drivers work on a freelance basis using tools like Shipperoo to find their own shipments while others work full time for trucking companies. If you’re a professional driver there are rigid protocols about how and when you operate your truck, including but not limited to the number of hours you spend on the road before taking a break and regular maintenance you must adhere to. These are all in place to prevent accidents. It is imperative to be prepared before you get in an accident so that you absolutely know what to do and how to react. This will help drivers protect yourselves from accidents.
When You are in an Accident
When you are in an accident, first, of course, make sure that everyone is okay. Alert authorities immediately to the accident so you will receive the emergency help you need, which will also help protect you after the accident is over. Remember to not move your vehicle or anyone from their vehicles unless there is immediate danger from fire or oncoming traffic.
After Everyone is safe
Now that you have made sure everyone is okay, check on your cargo. Be sure to carry your to alert oncoming traffic. This will also allow for the emergency crews to be able to do any clean up necessary. The emergency crews will set up better roadblocks and direct traffic away from the accident once they have arrived.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Once you have had time to speak with the emergency crews and determine that you and everyone else is okay it is time to call your insurance company to advise them about the accident. Since you are working as an independent driver, make sure that you are carrying enough insurance to cover your loads, injuries, and any damage from the accident. You need enough insurance to protect yourself in case you are sued by the other motorists.
After the Accident
After any accident, be sure to work closely with your insurance company. Taking a few pictures with your phone can be a significant help to the insurance companies, illustrating the exact location of vehicles and weather conditions. Insurance companies may have some specific requirements for being able to drive the vehicle after the accident. Depending on how serious the accident was your vehicle may not be drive-able, so be sure to get in contact with the shipper to advise them of the situation, being sure to try to work out a viable alternative for their shipment.
We want everyone to be safe on the road, so when accidents occur it’s extremely helpful if you were prepared in advance.
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