Accident Scene Procedures
What to do at the Scene of an Accident
Although we strive to operate accident free, we know that an accident can occur at any time. If you are involved in an accident, please follow these guidelines.
1) Secure the scene. This may consist of putting out triangles, activating the 4-ways on all vehicles, setting out flares, (If there is no spill or volatile chemicals such as gas, diesel fuel, etc) and using other persons for traffic control. In the case of minor accidents it may be advisable to move the damaged vehicles from the roadway. However, if doing so, please photograph or otherwise verify the location of both vehicles prior to moving them.
2) Render first aid and/or comfort to injured parties, if necessary. If you do not feel capable of performing this function, try to find someone who can assist.
3) Notify the police as quickly as possible
4) Notify the company as quickly as possible
5) Get out your accident kit and begin obtaining all information that is asked for on the accident report.
6) If the other party is willing to accept the blame, ask them to fill out the driver exoneration form.
7) Obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses. If people refuse to provide the above information, record their license plate number and provide that information to the insurance company representative.
8) Make no statements to anyone other than the police, and then only respond to questions that they ask.
9) If you have a camera, take photographs of all aspects of the accident scene.
10) Photograph all four sides of all vehicles involved.
11) Photograph skid marks, gouge marks, and debris that is in the road as a result of the accident. In these photographs, try to get some landmarks in the background to help identify the location of the items.
12) Photograph any temporary situations such as illegally parked vehicles, obscured signs, etc that were contributory to the accident.
13) Photograph the other parties involved. In particular, if they seem healthy and are leaning over, or otherwise showing back and leg mobility, photograph those actions to verify the limits of their injuries.
14) Photograph the license plates of all vehicles stopped at the accident scene. These might very well be witnesses that could not otherwise be discovered.
15) Comply with the drug and alcohol testing requirements if necessary. Remember, you must drug and alcohol test if; 1) it is a fatal accident, 2) it is a personal injury accident and you received a citation or 3) it is a property damage accident that results in one or more of the vehicles being towed and you received a citation.
All accidents will be evaluated by the company for preventability. Any driver who has 2 preventable accidents in a 3 year period will lose their safety clearance.