Truckers in Georgia know that backing up a tractor trailer is the leading cause of truck accidents. RBX Inc., a truckload carrier that has been operating in the Midwest since 1983, has seen more than a few of its student drivers get in accidents when backing up their 53-foot trailers. However, it has found a way to reduce the number of backing accidents.
RBX enhanced its student driving program with the e-Learning program from Impact Solutions Inc., a company that helps those in the transportation industry recruit and retain employees. This program can be accessed remotely, and a mobile app makes it even easier.
Both student drivers and full-time truckers can get on at any time they want and take complete and “refresher” courses on 70 subjects, one of which is backing up a truck. RBX started by referring drivers to certain courses based on their weaknesses, but now it assigns several topics a month to its more than 200 drivers and drivers-in-training, even offering cash incentives for completing the courses.
After six months of offering the e-Learning program, RBX saw an 8 percent decrease in backing accidents. Representatives say they expect to see a continuous cycle of improvement. The program has helped improve productivity and performance and lead to RBX experiencing a 10 percent growth in 2018.
If a backing accident or other trucking accident arises from the trucker’s negligence, victims may want to consult with an attorney and file a claim. The trucking company will have its own legal team either denying a settlement or only offering a low settlement, so victims might want the attorney to negotiate on their behalf and prepare their case for court if a settlement ultimately cannot be reached. A successful claim may cover medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and more.