By Jena Williams

We have all heard that it’s important to have and practice an escape plan with our families in case of a house fire. Well, it is just as important to have a plan with your drivers in case they are involved in a collision.

I was at a meeting recently where a corporate attorney was speaking about how important it is to have the plan in place and to test it out.

Things to consider:

  • Do you have a dedicated phone line for drivers to report collisions to you? Post it in each tractor because in stressful situations people frequently forget numbers.
  • Do you have someone to assess the scene and take appropriate photos? Evidence deteriorates quickly so the sooner it is gathered, the better.
  • Have you talked to your drivers about appropriately cooperating with and responding to questions by police investigators? Are your drivers aware that they will most likely be detained in a squad car? Survivor’s guilt could make them take more credit for the incident than they should. We all know that 4-wheelers are often the cause of truck collisions.

An attorney that specializes in this field can help you develop a plan to deal with these situations in the best possible way.

If you are thinking this only applies to large companies that can afford to retain an attorney, it doesn’t.

Companies of all sizes need to have a plan in place. There are organizations (listed below) that can connect you with an attorney in your area that specializes in semi-truck collisions. You can meet with them to develop a plan and know who to call if you ever need someone.

If the worst happens, you don’t want to be searching through a phone book to find out what to do. Have a plan in place so everyone knows who needs to be contacted and what their responsibilities are.

Where to find a transportation attorney

Transportation Lawyers Association: www.translaw.org

Trucking Industry Defense Association: www.tida.org

USLaw Network: www.uslaw.org

Harmonie Group: www.harmonie.org

ALFA International: www.alfainternational.com