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Who Is Responsible for the Safety of Your Commercial Fleet?
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Who Is Responsible for the Safety of Your Commercial Fleet?

We don’t need more statistics; we need solutions.

Most of us are already aware of the horrifying statistics surrounding commercial fleet accidents and the devastating effects an accident can have on the occupants of a passenger vehicle.

Despite an abundance of data, it appears that we’re not being strategic enough when it comes to identifying the true causes of an accident and learning how we can prevent them.

Regardless of an increasing focus on driver safety, large trucks remain a prominent statistic in fatal crashes year after year, without any signs of slowing down.

One of the most well-documented factors in commercial truck crashes is driver fatigue, which is often be attributed to long hours of driving without resting and making shipments late at night.

Driving under the influence (DUI) is another major factor that we are all equally aware of. But, what are the other main factors that we’re overlooking in large truck crashes?

Commonly Overlooked Factors in Large Truck Crashes

According to the FMCSA, 61% of fatal crashes involving large trucks happen in rural areas, not in the city. And in 17% of total crashes with at least one fatality, speed was a factor.

While only 6% of fatal crashes involve truck driver distraction, 16% of those cases are caused by cell phone usage in the cab.

Even more shocking are the statistics surrounding seatbelt usage. In 39% of crashes in which a truck driver was killed, the driver was not wearing their seatbelt.

What do these statistics say about trucking accidents when we look at them together?

The statistics show that a large percentage of trucking accidents are caused by completely avoidable factors like not wearing a seatbelt, using a phone, and speeding.

When you also take into consideration that the large majority of fatal crashes also happen in rural areas where there are fewer drivers and less traffic, it seems that negligence may be the greatest factor in all of this.

And not just negligence from our drivers, but also negligence from ourselves. 

The Responsibility Is Ours

As managers and owners, it’s our moral responsibility to keep our drivers accountable and to set regulations and safeguards in place that protect both our own employees and innocent lives on the road.

Imagine having a way of knowing whether or not your drivers are speeding or driving recklessly, not wearing their seatbelt, or being distracted by their cellphone or devices.

With this knowledge, you could notify your drivers and remind them to make safer choices on the road—potentially saving lives.

The Safety Track Solution

With the UCIT camera system from Safety Track, you get live footage from inside your driver’s cab and on the road ahead. The two additional external cameras can also be used by your driver to merge and change lanes safely, as they eliminate potential blind spots.

Our built-in GPS systems also track location history and vehicle speed, keeping you notified of reckless driving and speeding in dangerous areas.

As managers, we need to demonstrate that safety is as important as—if not more important than—the number and timeliness of our shipments. We need to demonstrate with both our words and our actions that safety truly is our top concern.

What better way to do that than by investing in the best safety solutions on the market to protect your drivers?

To learn more about live dashcams and GPS tracking solutions from Safety Track, visit our page.

 

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