5 tips for what to do in an accident

Though no fleet manager wants to get a call that one their drivers has been involved in an accident, it is important that drivers know what to do if they are involved in a crash. Whether it occurs out on the open road or on the inner streets of the city, the steps taken after an accident can save someone's life.

Here are five tips for fleet drivers who are involved in a car accident.

1) If you can exit your vehicle you should and then after checking yourself over for injuries, check on others. If the injuries are serious or life-threatening, then immediately call an ambulance. The faster it arrives, the faster people can get medical attention. If you can't leave your vehicle because of debris, stay put until someone can help you.

2) It is important to move the vehicles out of the way if possible. Although police will check out the circumstances of the accident, it is not helpful for other traffic or emergency vehicles if cars are blocking the lane. No risks should be taken when moving vehicles, especially if they are smoking or have fluids leaking from them.

3) Once the police have arrived, it is imperative to give a full account of events to the best of your knowledge. This will help proceed events along and ensure your fleet manager has all the information for an insurance claim. Some of the details could be sketchy if you are in shock though.

4) If it is important, drivers could gather evidence for the fleet manager and for possible legal proceedings. This could include photographs of damage and witness accounts from other drivers. Most insurance companies suggest not to admit fault at the scene of the accident as it can affect claims.

5) Once the car is back at the fleet depot, the important work on fleet maintenance must take place. If any damage has been caused, this needs to be fixed before the vehicle goes back on the road. It could also be wise to invest in fleet services that can provide 24/7 roadside service and accident management service as well.

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