July 2012 Archives

Federal Study on Motor Carriers and Trucking Accidents Suggests Link to CSA Violations

July 5, 2012

The American Trucking Associations have finally put enough pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), compelling it to "make available a study of the links between Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) violations and crash risk used to develop its methodology for assigning carriers' CSA scores," says The Trucker. In a recent statement, FMCSA indicated that it would soon make the Violation Severity Assessment Study Report, which was published in 2007, publicly available through the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program docket found at www.fmcsa.dot.gov. The Associations allege that they have been requesting the results of the study in writing since 2010. The research, the motor carrier publication The Trucker reports, examined the use of police reports to determine accountability when it comes to trucking accidents. The various associations came together in a demand for the study in the hopes that it would allow them to "evaluate CSA and other substantial proposals to improve it."

For many Atlanta truck accident attorneys the FMCSA's delay in granting the requests of the Associations comes as a surprise, especially since the agency purports that its primary goal is to strengthen commercial vehicle and driver safety. Created in 2000, the agency was designed to regulate trucking practices in the United States.CSA is a comprehensive program administered by the FMCSA under the authority of the Department of Transportation. The CSA program is meant to improve motor carrier and bus safety by reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities by providing evaluations of the safety performance of carriers and drivers and identifying behavior patterns that may result in unsafe operations.

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