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3 Easy Tips for Reducing Your Liability and Acting on Your Data

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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.

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