6 Steps to Safe Behaviour in the Event of Truck Accidents

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While trucks are an integral element of the global economy as they transport essential commodities like food, fuel, and raw materials, they’re also more likely to be involved in a road accident than other vehicles. Truck accidents claim thousands of lives alone EU-wide every year. The significant causes of truck accidents include technical failure, adverse weather conditions, speeding, and driver’s impairment. While taking preventative measures to avoid truck accidents is important, it’s also essential to learn the safe behaviour that should be shown by individuals involved in such an event. In this article, we discuss the guidelines and practices that contribute to safe behaviour in the event of truck accidents or technical problems.

A truck accident can be devastating; therefore, it should be handled with utmost care. When a truck accident happens, it’s everyone’s responsibility to take immediate action to ensure the safety of all parties involved. Safe behaviour is really important in this regard, as it helps you handle various aspects of the accident, whether seeking medical attention (if required), cordoning off the impact area, or documenting the important details.

We discuss essential steps that you can take to ensure safe behaviour in the event of a truck accident or technical failure:

1.    Safety is always a priority

Safety should be priority, regardless of the nature of a truck accident. The driver should ensure that everyone involved in the accident is safe. It’s crucial to seek medical attention if anyone is injured. Keep in mind that some injuries (like internal damage or whiplash) don’t show symptoms immediately. Therefore, medical condition must be assessed and in case of emergency services called. The easiest way is to contact the police to report the incident and get the required care.

Preventative preparedness should be the main focus: before leaving for a journey, truck driver must check that their truck is equipped with essential emergency equipment and a minimum of supplies, like first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

2.    Follow accident safety protocols

The driver should immediately assess the accident situation and follow safety protocols. That may include setting up hazard lights and warning signs to make other drivers aware of the accident. Until emergency services arrive on the scene, you should take every action you can capacity to ensure the safety of all parties involved.

3.    Document the accident

Documenting the accident can save you from several potential legal complications. Therefore, it’s important to document all the evidence available at the accident scene. You can do this through photography, videography, or simply in written form. The documentation should include any damage sustained by the truck. It may also include the driving and road conditions, accident surroundings, and traffic state.

4.    Exchange information with the authorities

Exchanging the information you collected from the accident scene with the authorities is essential and a legal obligation. You should also exchange your information with the parties involved in the accident. Also collect insurance information from other drivers to facilitate communication between insurers.

5.    File for insurance coverage

The next step is to immediately notify the insurer about the truck accident. That’s because many insurance policies require the insured to report an accident within a specific time limit, so completing this step as soon as possible is in your best interest.

6.    Managing a technical problem

If the truck has sustained a technical problem, the first thing to do is to assess the issue calmly and figure out whether it can be resolved on the driver’s own or require mechanical assistance. Depending on the severity of the problem, drivers may have to pull over to a safe location where they can attempt to address the problem if possible. In any case drivers should communicate with dispatch to seek professional assistance if required and inform the team about the situation.


Truck accidents or technical problems require calm, safe behaviour and a proactive approach, focusing on safety, communication, and compliance with the standard protocols. By prioritizing preventive maintenance, carrying essential emergency supplies, and immediately responding, truck drivers can ensure the safety of themselves and others in case of a truck accident or technical failure. Furthermore, promoting a culture of safety within the logistics industry through training and awareness can help foster safe behaviour in truck accidents and technical breakdowns.


Janine Wolff
Get insights from Janine Wolff, a creative business economist and digital enthusiast. Combining economic expertise with a passion for logistics, Janine delivers top-notch content on a regular basis for Saloodo!.

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