During our webinar, “Reducing Fleet Liability: Acting on Your Driver Data,” our presenters discussed how fleets can take control of their driver data and use it to reduce liability before and after a crash. During the presentation, which you can watch a full recording of here, the discussion highlighted three things every fleet should understand about acting on their driver data:
#1: The “Minimum Standard Of Care” Fleets Are Expected To Hold Themselves To Has Increased
Many fleets believe that staying compliant with federal regulations is “being safe,” but now, plaintiff’s attorneys argue that meeting regulatory requirements is the bare minimum a jury should expect of a fleet. For fleets, this means ignoring their driver data or choosing not to collect it can only hurt them. In today’s trucking industry, fleets need to make active use of their driver data to survive.
#2: Fleets Must Use Their Data to Tell a Positive Story About Their Culture
By collecting, organizing, and analyzing all of their driver data, fleets can tell a jury a story about how they take safety seriously. During a crash-related trial, telling a compelling story can be the difference between settling for a small claim and losing in court. Investing in technology can help a fleet centralize their driver data and understand the favorable story hidden within it.
#3: Fleets Should Understand the “Attack Vectors” a Plaintiff’s Attorney Will Pursue Against Them
An “attack vector” is a liability a plaintiff’s attorney can exploit within your fleet’s policies, documentation, driver data, or culture to establish negligence. Some of the most common attack vectors include:
- Complex policy handbooks that are difficult to follow
- Conversations between drivers and their managers
- Language used in job postings for driver positions
- Driver data that a fleet did not have or did not act on
Once a fleet understands the attack vectors they are exposed to, they can put together a plan to plug these gaps and reduce their liability.
How Fleets Are Reducing Liability By Acting on Their Driver Data
Implementing the advice above can seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be with the right tools.
The Idelic Safety Suite® is the most comprehensive driver management platform in the trucking industry, consolidating all of a fleet’s disparate technology systems under a single platform. Gain a 360° view of your fleet’s safety performance with Safety Suite’s Fleet Performance Dashboard and reporting functions. Instantly access canned reports on your fleet’s compliance, accidents, and claims, as well as build custom reports on any and all safety data within the platform.
If you’d like to learn more about how Safety Suite helps fleets break down barriers between their departments, watch a 2-minute demo video or sign up for a deep dive here.