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Experts recommend creating a program to reduce trucking accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2018 | Firm News, trucking accidents |

Everyone who uses Tennessee roads and highways is at risk of experiencing a car or truck accident and suffering severe injuries. Private motorists understand this more than ever before and so do truckers. No one wants to have an accident, and this includes those who operate large commercial vehicles for a living.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advocates safety in all occupations, including the trucking industry. Its expert point of view on work and safety makes the administration’s recommendations trustworthy. As such, it may be wise for trucking companies to create a safety program using the OSHA-recommended steps in the following section. This can prevent negligence in the transportation industry while keeping private citizens and truckers safer.

  • Policy: Create a written policy that conveys traffic safety procedures in clear, easy-to-understand language.
  • Commitment: Ensure that management personnel are committed to safety and are able to provide resources and leadership while actively encouraging staff involvement.
  • Agreement: Create a driver agreement for truckers to sign indicating that they understand policy and procedure related to traffic safety.
  • Reporting: Make a mandatory policy stating that truckers need to report all trucking accidents, even minor ones, to the management team.
  • Inspections: Conduct routine inspections of all trucks and equipment to ensure that vehicles receive proper maintenance and repair.
  • Discipline: Create policy governing the way management addresses trucker safety violations.
  • Training: Provide regular training sessions and make it mandatory for all drivers to attend, even those with many years of trucking experience.

By making safety a top priority, drivers and companies can play a major role in reducing trucking accidents and avoiding injury liability. To keep awareness as high as possible, drivers injured in a truck accident should always consider holding the responsible party to account through the justice system.