What to Do if You Have an Accident
Get Help—If You’re Injured or If You’re Not
If you or someone else is injured, call for medical attention. Then, let your Steward know right away so he/she can advise you.
Call the Company and tell them what happened. If you believe you were injured as a result of the accident, contact a workers' compensation representative.
Always Notify the Company
Even if the accident is just a broken mirror on the Company vehicle, call it in. You can get fired if you don’t report an accident.
Under our contract, there is a system of progressive discipline for driving infractions. If it is your first accident, be calm! An avoidable accident is one point, and progressive discipline begins when an employee totals more than five points (and in three point increments after that). (See pages 48-50 of the contract for details).
But dishonesty, including failure to report an accident that you’re aware of, can lead to termination. Calling the company and telling the truth is better than covering it up. Remember, there are cameras and video everywhere.
Be aware that the company can test you for drugs and alcohol after an accident, and act accordingly.
Get Details of the Accident
After you’ve notified management, take pictures with your phone if you can and send them to your Steward. Be sure to write down the location and time of the accident, personal information of others involved and any other details.
Important information includes:
- Driver’s license
- Vehicle license plate and registration
- Year, color, make and model of any other vehicles involved
- Insurance information
Don't Leave the Scene of the Accident
It is against the law to leave the scene of an accident until after the police have arrived. When it comes to breaking the law or listening to a rogue supervisor that says to keep delivering, make the smart choice!
If only the company vehicle is damaged, it is safe to drive, and a supervisor instructs you to continue to do deliveries, and then write down what you are told with the time, date, and name of the supervisor.