Safety in Fleet Management—Keep On Trucking... Safely

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 18-Jul-2019 7:07:00 AM
Reza Tavassoli
Ambulance Chasers with a Conscience

Did you know that Texas and California lead the USA in the number of fatal truck accidents each year? It’s not surprising that they also have the largest rural areas, and all their statistics indicate that is where most accidents occur. In Texas alone, more than 400 people are killed and 8,000 injured on average each year in trucking-related accidents. Law firms dominate the top SEO rankings with their statistics and advice for cutting back on the billions in losses incurred during injury lawsuits. And while some tug at the emotional or fear strings more than others, they are increasingly combining forces with vehicle manufacturers and fleet management leaders to offer preventive practices that keep their clients moving and growing. Almost unilaterally, you will see a similar statement following their terrifying statistics: “What makes these numbers tragic is that the majority of these accidents were avoidable.”

The Reliability of the Lawyer and Insurance Claim InvestigatorReport Scrutinized by a fleet manager with a magnifying glass

Personal injury lawyers need to be bar and board certified. Insurance investigators have continual accreditation to be able to practice. They both work with meticulous precision to investigate each truck-crash case. Their goal is to identify all possible accident fault sources and, of course, to get financial recovery so their clients get the money they need to keep on trucking. They claim to leave no stone unturned in this lucrative pursuit: from bad driver training and management, to poor road conditions, to improper maintenance or defective equipment. The final result is they will find the problems and are turning to fleet support companies to help them.

This finds mobile reliant companies becoming even more accountable for every aspect of their fleet management programs, especially data accuracy. For this, they are reaching well past simpler fuel management systems to fully integrated fleet management software (FMS) with real-time data collection, and both preventive and predictive maintenance modules. The lawyers' and investigators' need to scrutinize data so closely is driving them (pun intended!) to the FMS suppliers that offer automated data capture, the best technical  support, training, and user-friendly dashboards. Having accurate data is mandatory. Being able to get it and report it quickly and clearly is more than just smart business, it’s becoming an industry requirement.

The continual-improvement-minded FMS supplier is delivering into the hands of the fleet manager the power to keep their fleet moving and growing. One of the biggest benefits of all these collaborations is a more accurate, cross-industry, fleet specific set of reliable data statistics. The best fleet management practitioners are incorporating these findings into better preventive practices and keeping their fleets safer. They are more than ever able to proactively address the effects of poor truck maintenance and defective truck equipment with the help of fleet management systems like SM2.

The Reliability of the Information Collected

Fleet reliant companies are required to keep accurate maintenance logs and/or regular inspection records to prove that all their interstate semis and/or local commercial vehicles are operating properly. These logs have delivered key areas of concern and clearer correlations on preventable accidents.Truck Breakdown on the side of the road with the driver attempting to repair the wheel.

Poor maintenance contributes to:

  • Failing brakes
  • Malfunctions in the steering equipment
  • Tire inefficiency and/or blowouts
  • Trailer problems affecting and/or affected by the safe transport of freight

In this last point, we find many interconnected issues contributing to accidents. Operating an overweight or overloaded truck, or one in which there is improperly balanced or poorly restrained cargo puts even more strain on the equipment. Did you know that a truck that is overweight has an increased chance of brake failure while trying to slow down suddenly? Attaching telemetric devices (VDU or ETU) to your on-board computers that send real-time data to your FMS is both effective and efficient in tracking all such conditions affecting the smooth operations of your fleet and in recognizing where you can be proactive.

Poorly Maintained versus Defective

 According to many of the top search results on Google, injury lawyers and claims investigators are highly trained to recognize the difference between poorly maintained trucks and defective equipment. Though regular maintenance may be performed, and precautions taken, defective equipment will sabotage many safety efforts. From defective tires and gears to brakes and load restraints, rest assured they have lists from the manufacturers about potential problems, recalls, and recommended maintenance requirements. Their thorough investigation will uncover the facts.

Each industry has something specific in its lists of concerns to watch for and while there may even be an app to that specific issue, it remains more beneficial to the company and fleet manager to keep it all under one easy-to-use platform. Make sure to use an FMS  that is adaptable enough to accommodate your unique needs and can grow with you. For example, tanker fleets carrying hazardous materials, from gas to waste, need to be extra vigilant for leakages. Neglect of this can lead to environmental fines and business loss due to reputation damage. For more information on adaptability, please contact us.

The Other Preventable Problems

Driver error, speeding, fatigue, distraction, and negligence play a role in many crashes. Knowing how to capture and retrain for these driver behaviours can also be part of your fully integrated FMS. Leading companies like Republic Services have won awards for their fun and effective efforts to proactively train the safest fleet in North America, but even they need tools to help with the equipment. There are many ways an FMS can help you do this. For more information please contact out support team at


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