Fleets can improve management of accidents and driver safety by making better, evidence-led projections about fleet risks.
While automotive safety technology is advancing and there is an increased focus on safety training and awareness, the number of vehicles involved in accidents on U.S. roads continues to rise.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 7% year-over-year increase in fatal crashes on U.S. roads in 2015 among all vehicle types while the amount of people injured in crashes increased about 4.5%.
Figures also showed that fatalities in crashes involving large trucks rose 4% (4,067 in 2015 vs. 3,908 in 2014) and injuries in crashes involving large trucks increased 4.5%.
Ron Katz, senior vice president, North American Sales at Chevin, says:
“There is a stark juxtaposition whereby driver and vehicle safety is being increasingly prioritized but accident rates continue to rise. The trend shows that while the industry recognizes the need to reduce risk, not enough is being done to actively identify why incidents are occurring and take adequate preventative actions.”
One strong opportunity for operations to help improve accident management lies in evidence-based risk profiling: Indeed, many organizations are already sitting on vast amounts of fleet-related data that, if harnessed and assessed effectively, could support improved management decisions.
Data-led risk profiling – including continuous measurement, action and re-measurement of both vehicle and driver risk – can offer great value in helping reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring. It can also help manage the aftermath and keep costs down when incidents do take place.
For example, our own market-leading fleet management software, FleetWave, can be used to create advanced driver risk profiles by providing real-time visibility into driver accident histories and fines, licenses, driver training and maintenance records, and integrating telematics data related to driver behavior. The software can also record information about different vehicles, such as details of services, inspections, usage, utilization and routing. Risk analysis for different drivers and vehicles can also provide value by helping reduce costs (such as cheaper fleet insurance premiums).
When accidents do occur, FleetWave can easily identify appropriate replacement vehicles and assign repair work to internal shops or external service providers. The software can also store data relating to accidents, including driver, vehicle, date, time and location details, information on damage, including photos required for insurance claims, and repair quotes.
“Accidents cost fleets millions of dollars annually. They can cause injuries and fatalities, and can do great harm to a company’s reputation. Data-led risk profiling can be extremely beneficial for helping control accidents and manage incidents at all stages.”