inthinc Technology Solutions Inc.(Salt Lake City, Utah), a telematics company centered on fleet management, and Southwestern Nevada LLC (Mansfield, Texas), an oil transportation company, have recently worked together to disprove driver negligence in a string of rollover accidents. Using crash reconstruction technology capabilities included in the inthinc tiwiPro(TM) driver safety technology, Southwestern Nevada LLC avoided an insurance termination.
"We were able to prove to the insurance company that they couldn't find us negligible for something we weren't at fault for,” said Don Macleod, owner of Southwestern Nevada LLC.
Using the tiwiPro system, a real-time verbal, in-cab mentoring and reporting device that details driver performance, Macleod had access to accident data -- including how fast drivers were traveling before an accident, what road they were on, the speed limit of the road segment, and the exact timing of the accident among other things.
"We reviewed each individual accident," said Macleod. "And in every incident the driver was not aggressive driving or speeding -- there was no fault attributed to the driver."
According to Macleod, after reviewing the crash data the true cause of the accidents was revealed: each truck had been hauling the same type of trailer -- leased from the same company -- and each trailer had worn-out bolts. The bolting system caused the trucks to wobble as they rounded curves and ultimately flip over.
In addition to its crash reconstruction capabilities, tiwiPro offers GPS capabilities to help fleet dispatch and location monitoring, as well as notify drivers when speed limits are exceeded or if their seatbelt isn't fastened.