Great trucking advice – when accidents happen – part 2

It is, unfortunately, a reality that many truckers are involved in accidents and in our first part of this article we spoke about the various ways you can take precautions, both from a safety and legal standpoint if you are.

The other reality is that just by the nature of your job and the fact that Truckers spend most of their lives on the road, that they are often the first on the scene of the accidents of others.

The following advice applies to this kind of situation and not all of it is compulsory by law but we must remember that, as Truckers, we usually represent either the company that employs us or our own business. Either way, we will gain both morally and in reputation if we take all these steps to try to assist others both physically and/or legally if we are witnesses.

Pull off the road

Whether you witness the accident or not and have already stopped, even if you think it may prevent the other vehicles still on the road from being run into, don’t stay in the road. It will just put your vehicle in danger of being hit. 

Pull off the road, turn you hazard lights on and place your hazard warning signs (you should always be carrying at least 2 of these in your vehicle) in the middle of the road at a good distance apart to ensure oncoming traffic cannot run into the other vehicles.

Call for help

Even as you run to the scene to survey the situation call your cell emergency service or 10111 to get the authorities to the scene ASAP. If you have a medical kit in your vehicle take it with you.

Assist medically – only if you can

If you see that anyone is badly injured do not move them unless they are in great danger if not moved. Immediately call for an ambulance. Only assist with basic medical assistance or CPR if you have taken any sort of first aid or a CPR course. We strongly advise that, due to the nature of their work, all Trucking companies should arrange for basic first aid and CPR courses for Drivers.

Comfort any injured people as best you can – remember shock is almost always the first response in an accident so give a blanket to a badly injured person and try to calm all parties – don’t get involved in arguments about how it happened. Be the calming influence.

Stay on the scene

Even if you didn’t witness the accident, but were the first to arrive, your testimony could be very important from a legal standpoint and in this way you can assist with the correct assessment of the accident and ensure justice is done.

If you are the only one able to do anything, while you wait for help take photographs of the scene with your phone. These too can be invaluable evidence. Stay on the scene until help arrives and honestly answer whatever questions the authorities may have.

The Great Trucking manufacturer that assists where we can

FAW South Africa is a company that build trucks in South Africa for Africa. We have all our Trucking companies’ and their Drivers’ best interests at heart and we hope these advice pieces are helpful to both. Watch this space for more great Trucking advice regularly.  

Our range of brand new and premium pre-owned Freight Carriers, Truck Tractors, Tippers and Mixers all with extensive warranties and 24/7 backup service are the pride of many of our countries top Trucking, logistics and contracting firms, so contact us today to talk about your special requirements or directly find a dealership near you.

Stay alert on the road and always stay safe!   

Brawn And Beauty Combine To Pay Tribute To An Exceptional Female Entrepreneur

When local company Magnum Sand and Stone, received the latest of their already extensive fleet of vehicles from FAW S.A, it was something to behold. A massive ‘rosy pink’ coloured 33.420FT truck and trailer combination that gave a completely new meaning to the term ‘pink power!’

This vehicle represented, not only a special gift to a very valued client, but because it was delivered in National Women’s month in South Africa, the empowerment of women everywhere. The name of the vehicle – June – The woman recipient – June Jenkins, the heart and soul of this successful Alberton based family business.

A great partnership

FAW S.A, and in particular dealership FAW Isando, had once again gone the extra mile for this very special client with whom there has been a relationship spanning some 18 years. It was, in fact, a symbolic gesture by husband and owner Ian Jenkins, to mark June’s Birthday and pay tribute to this remarkable woman and loved ones she has lost along the way.  

The Magnum Sands Slogan ‘’The Sky is the limit’’ is a testament to the company’s growing commitment to succeeding in the highly competitive South African construction industry. FAW SA and FAW Isando are honoured to be a part of this success story and with the accolades that June bestows upon them, confident that the meaningful relationship will continue to flourish in the years to come.

“The support from both an aftersales and sales perspective is fantastic” enthuses June “and in our industry, your relationship with your supplier is of paramount importance – and above all communication is everything.’’

Inspirational words

In celebration of Women’s Month, we asked June what advice she would offer aspiring businesswomen operating in or entering the market today – ‘’Surround yourself with the right people, people that you trust and those who have the company’s best interests at heart. Like our businesses’ relationship with FAW, a business is like family, it takes trust, commitment and a passion for what you do to ensure success’’

When next you see a ‘rosy pink’ 33.420FT truck and trailer turn the corner – trust your eyes – it’s just a symbol of the great power of brawn and beauty combined.

Great Trucking Advice – When Accidents Happen Part 1

We have, in a few of our articles, given some pretty solid advice on how Drivers can try to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, sometimes accidents do happen to you, even if it’s not your fault.

Additionally, being on the road all the time means the chances are pretty good that you may be the first to come across the scene of an accident that has occurred with others. 

In both cases, certain procedures can be followed which will enable you as Driver, in the case of your own accident to conduct yourself well whilst reducing liability – and in the case of another’s accident, enable you to be of assistance or even save another person’s life!

In this first part of a 2 part article, we deal with correct procedures in terms of you being involved in an accident. This is only applicable to a minor accident where you have not been severely harmed or made unconscious.

The series of events that should take place is as follows…

Take a deep breath

You must be as calm and clear as possible, so take a deep breath and be sure you are thinking clearly. Check if you have been injured in any way. If you feel intense pain it is critical to remain where you are and wait for assistance.

If you are fine and can easily pull the vehicle to the side of the road then do so. If however, you feel it is important that the vehicles remain where they are to prove what happened in the accident then leave the vehicles where they are until the traffic authorities arrive.

Secure the scene and Call for assistance

Alight from the vehicle cautiously and where another vehicle is involved, check if the other driver is ok. Call for medical assistance if any emergency assistance is required (usually 10111 or 112 when calling from a mobile phone). The next thing to do especially if either of the vehicles is in the road is to put your reflector signs out so motorists approaching from both sides are warned.

Then call the police to the scene so they can make notes on the nature of the accident. Following that, if you are driving for a company, notify them. There is a good chance that your company will have trained you in a procedure that they want you to follow, so adhere to that. This article is really more for the SME guys who may not have a formal procedure to follow. 

Be aware of legalities

It is important that you say nothing incriminating to the other Driver. Even an ‘I’m sorry’ could go against you in a legal situation, so it is better to remain calm, neutral and simply exchange details whilst you wait for the police to arrive.

Remember you still represent your company no matter what the cause of the accident, so try to keep the whole procedure as dignified as possible. Look for witnesses if there are any and perhaps just get their details too. It will be up to the police to get a statement from them.

Take photos

Particularly if you believe the accident was the fault of the other Driver, take pictures with your cell phone. Take as many as possible. Whether you are with a company or running your own business this photographic evidence can be invaluable in an enquiry into the accident.

If it is just a small bumper bashing, just get the vehicle off the road, take the other Driver’s details and pictures and ensure the accident is reported at a police station writhing 24hrs to obtain a case number to forward your insurance.

Assisting Drivers with great advice and vehicles

We hope this kind of advice is useful to our Trucking companies and their Drivers – watch this space for part 2 on assisting others when alighting upon an accident.

FAW South Africa build great Freight carriers, Truck tractors, Tippers and Mixers, brand new with excellent warranties and service plans, or premium pre-owned. Our vehicles are built by South Africans for Africa so connect with a dealer near you and check out our great range.

Stay safe on and off the roads – and hopefully accident-free!