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FMCSA Plans to Update Large Truck Accident Study

The last time the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) examined large truck accident causes was from 2001-2003. A lot has changed since then, and the FMCSA is in the process of planning a new study to examine the current risks that truck drivers, motorists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians face. As before, the results of the crash study will provide ample information for policymakers, law enforcement, insurance providers, and others to examine. Ultimately, the data within the study could become a catalyst for regulatory changes aimed at making America’s roads safer for everyone.

FMCSA Solicits Recommendations

The FMCSA is establishing parameters for the study. They are requesting comments regarding the appropriate sampling approach, whether to correlate the findings to those of the 2001-2003 Large Truck Crash Causation Survey (LTCCS), and whether to include additional data in the new survey. Among possible recommendations for additions to the study are, information related to modern vehicle safety equipment, fleet routing technology, cameras, and electronic logging applications. The comment period is open from now through March 16th, after which the agency will put together their final recommendations.

Likely Retentions From Earlier Survey

While it remains to be seen whether the updated survey will include new data elements, it is most likely to retain most of the 1,000 data points examined in the earlier study. This means it will still collect data from drivers, passengers, and eyewitnesses. This will include descriptions of the crash scene, the type of accident, and information about the point of impact, fatalities, and personal injuries. It will also include details of the driver’s credentials, experience, physical health, and whether factors such as alcohol consumption, driver fatigue, vehicle maintenance, or road conditions contributed to the accident.

The Time Is Right

Large truck accidents are on the rise across the country. These accidents claimed 4,136 lives in 2018. With more cars and trucks sharing increasingly congested roadways, the risk of serious accidents is growing by leaps and bounds. Examining current risk factors and the common causes of these accidents is the best, most effective method for implementing new policies and updating old regulations that are no longer protecting the public from danger.

Contact Sloat, Nicholson, & Hoover, P.C. at (303) 447-1144 for more information about your rights in a large truck accident. It’s our pleasure to help you protect your rights and recover the compensation you are entitled to receive.

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