FMCSA Seeks Public Input on Truck Crash Weighting Analysis Study

March 10, 2015

Regulators at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are currently seeking the public’s input regarding the results of a recently published study on the potential impacts of changing its truck crash weighting analysis system.

Truck crash weighting is used by FMCSA regulators to evaluate which U.S. commercial motor carriers may be more likely to get into truck accidents, based on (among other times) collision data from the past 24 months. Using these data and evaluations, the FMCSA prioritizes which carriers should be the focus of potential investigations and/or enforcement actions and resources.

FMCSA Truck Crash Weighting Analysis Study: Background & Findings

Regulators at the FMCSA are now looking for public input regarding whether more in-depth truck crash weighting methods are necessary. Here’s why. Contact us for help with your financial recovery if you’ve been hurt in a truck accident.

Regulators at the FMCSA are now looking for public input regarding whether more in-depth truck crash weighting methods are necessary. Here’s why. Contact us for help with your financial recovery if you’ve been hurt in a truck accident.

In conducting this truck crash weighting analysis study, FMCSA officials specifically analyzed:

  • The consistency, reliability and sufficiency of police accident reports in determining truck crash weightings
  • Whether an alternative method for truck crash weighting analysis would be more accurate (or a stronger predictor of accident risk) than the currently used weighting system used by the FMCSA
  • Methods for realistically overseeing truck crash weighting determinations.

More specifically, this study focused on data from police accident reports that have been compiled/maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS).

According to the FMCSA, independent research has found that the fact that a motor carrier’s vehicles/drivers are involved in collisions is a strong indicator of future collision risk – regardless of whether the motor carrier’s drivers were, in fact, responsible or not for causing a particular accident.

Additionally, the FMCSA has reported that:

  • There are concerns regarding the use of police accident reports in truck crash weighting analyses because there is currently not a method for acquiring/receiving and processing this data in a uniform or standard manner.
  • Developing a system for collecting police accident reports, as well as reviewing public input regarding this system, is estimated to cost between nearly $4 million and just over $11 million.

Do you have thoughts about the truck crash weighting study? Do you think the FMCSA will ultimately move forward in developing a more in-depth truck crash weighting analysis system? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and/or in social media.

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