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Be Prepared for When an Accident Occurs

By W. Kelsea Eckert, Attorney at Law
Posted Apr 27th 2022 5:42PM

Out of the blue… crash! A speeding car hits the side of your truck. Did this just really happened? It takes a moment for your mind to grasp the reality of the situation. You pull over to a safe place. Now what?


Safety training is vital in the transportation industry and great companies make it a real priority for both their owner operators and company drivers. However, even the most experienced trucker may not be ready when an accident actually happens. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget important to do‘s like preserving dash cam footage, getting witnesses’ contact information, and taking pictures of the scene. That’s why we suggest keeping instructions on what to do after an accident in your glove box, just in case.


If you haul for a motor carrier, make sure you know their step-by-step guidelines. If the guidelines are online, print out a copy for your truck. Put the safety manager’s direct dial line in your phone; and after an accident, call as soon as possible. You want to make sure you abide by your company‘s rules and follow their guidance.


We hope an accident never happens to you, but as they say, “Expect the best, but plan for the worst.” Stay educated on what to do if an accident happens to you by clicking this link to read Eckert & Associates, PA’s 4-part series on Steps to Take if You're in an Accident.

The information provided is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

For more information on this or other legal issues, please contact:
The Law Offices of
Eckert & Associates, P.A.