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FMCSA Crash Preventability Demonstration Program Begins Today

FMCSA is now accepting requests through the DataQs system from motor carriers wishing to have certain crashes labeled “not preventable” in their Compliance, Safety, Accountability program profile. Motor carriers will be able to challenge the preventability of the following crash scenarios:
When the commercial motor vehicle was struck by a motorist driving under the influence;

  • When the CMV was struck by a motorist driving in the wrong direction;
  • When the CMV was struck in the rear;
  • When the CMV was struck while legally stopped or parked, including when the vehicle was unattended;
  • When the CMV struck an individual committing or attempting to commit suicide;
  • When the CMV struck an animal in the roadway;
  • When the crash resulted from an infrastructure failure or falling debris; or
  • When the CMV was struck by cargo or equipment falling from another vehicle.

During the two year program, the crashes will still be listed on a carrier’s profile but marked “not preventable” or “preventable” based on FMCSA’s determination. Carriers and law enforcement will also be able to see two Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Category scores. One will reflect the score calculated with “not preventable” crashes removed. The other will calculate the score including all crashes.

The American Trucking Associations’ summary of the program is available here. More information on the program is available on FMCSA website including how to request a crash review, what documents to submit and how determinations are made.

Information provided by the American Trucking Associations.

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