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Accident Analysis

Fleet Managers should assure that there is an effective accident analysis programs in place. Effective accident analysis programs provide:

  • A system which assures accurate and timely reporting of all accidents and injuries
  • Personnel to analyze accident reports to ascertain trends and areas in need of corrective action
  • Requirements for responsible staff to institute appropriate corrective action to prevent future accidents
  • Data to calculate the fleet's accident frequency rate (number of accidents in year multiplied by 1,000,000 divided by total fleet mileage)
  • Data to identify preventable accidents
  • Data to calculate accident costs.

Common Accident Factors in Accident Analysis

The National Safety Council has identified these accident factors which are usually selected for accident analysis:

  • Date of accident
  • Date reported
  • Name of driver
  • Age of driver
  • Length of service of driver
  • Hours on duty
  • Driver's home terminal or usual work location
  • Weather conditions
  • Light conditions
  • Road conditions
  • Accident location
  • Direction traveling
  • Type of accident
  • Vehicle type
  • Vehicle number
  • Time of day of accident
  • Traffic violation
  • Other vehicle type
  • Vehicle speed versus posted speed limit
  • Pedestrian(s) involved
  • Property damage
  • Vehicle or object struck
  • Driver striking vehicle or object
  • Responsibility for accident
  • Failure by driver
  • Cost of accident.

After analysis, the Federal Fleet Manager knows the who, what, why, when , where of the accident - key information, if applied property, for future accident prevention.

Source: Adapted from the Federal Fleet Management Desk Reference

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