Common & Preventable Fleet Accidents
By definition, an accident occurs when a mistake is made, and is therefore preventable. For professional drivers, even a small mistake can have a big impact. Here are some of the most common, preventable accidents:
Backing accidents. Backing up safely is the responsibility of the driver, and is only dangerous if you neglect to make sure the way is clear during the entire movement. Avoid backing whenever possible; when unavoidable, make sure you are familiar with the area and any hazards.
Rear-end collisions. Whether it's a driver colliding with a vehicle ahead, or a vehicle striking the driver from behind, rear-end collisions are often the result of sudden stops at intersections, grade crossings, passenger stops, when preparing to turn or park, or when improperly parked or allowed to roll back before starting. Most of these collisions can be avoided by controlling speed and allowing sufficient following distance, watching traffic and anticipating the need to stop. Be sure to stop gradually, not suddenly, and make sure your vehicle is as visible as possible.
Intersection accidents. Even with stop lights, stop signs and right-of-way, accidents can happen when vehicles race through intersections whether they are speeding criminals or fire, police, or ambulance vehicles. Be sure to check your mirrors to spot any threats coming up on your vehicle.
Parking accidents. Roll-away accidents from a parked position are usually preventable, from unauthorized entry into an unlocked and unattended vehicle, failure to properly block wheels, or failure to turn wheels toward the curb to prevent vehicle movement. Parking several rows away from active traffic lanes will also discourage parking accidents.
Traffic lane encroachment accidents. These accidents are due to passing, weaving, squeeze-plays, shut-outs, or entering a line of moving traffic. Make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted so you can see surrounding traffic clearly. Collision avoidance systems that sound an alarm when a hazard enters a truck’s blind spot can also help prevent these types of accidents.
Source: Five Common and Preventable Fleet Accidents by Northbridge Insurance (September 23, 2014).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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