Tuesday, January 14, 2020

FMCSA announces new study on truck crash causes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a major new study, named the Large Truck Crash Causal Factors Study, which will research the underlying causes behind fatal large truck crashes.

According to FMCSA, “Over the last three years (2016- 2018), fatal crashes involving large trucks increased 5.7 percent. This study will help FMCSA identify factors that are contributing to the growth in fatal large truck crashes, and in both injury and property damage only (PDO) crashes.

The FMCSA laid out three specific goals for the study:

  • Evaluate crashes involving large trucks and identify emerging trends;
  • Monitor crash trends and identify causes and contributing factors; and
  • Develop effective safety improvement policies and programs.

FMCSA will accept public comments on the study for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. For more information on how you can submit your comments once the comment period officially opens, please click here.