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FMCSA Truck Crash Accountability Called into Question

Earlier this week, a Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm read a news report detailing the American Trucking Associations push for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to change its approach to measuring crash accountability in its CSA (Compliance, Accountability, Safety) program. According to the article, published on TruckingInfo.com, the American Trucking Associations has continued to challenge the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in an effort to have the agency release their study regarding the feasibility of using police reports to measure crash accountability.

Our Chicago truck accident attorney learned that although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s study was completed several years ago, the agency refuses to disclose the information contained in the study. According to the ATA, the association attempted to review the findings in 2010, however, the FMCSA refused on the basis that the study’s findings were preliminary and still being reviewed. Since then, the ATA has continued to request the information with no success.

According to a statement released by the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it was revealed the ATA has raised questions about the plan that need to be answered before the study can be released. The questions deal with the uniformity and consistency of the Police Accident Reports that provide basic accountability data, and lack of public input into the determination of accountability. Ultimately, the FMCSA will need more information on ways to identify trucking carriers with the greatest risk of future crashes.

Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to evaluate the uniformity and consistency of police accident reports and to establish a process for assessing crashes in a uniform way. Public comment will also be sought on the assessment, as well as, the effect all of this will have on the ability to identify the riskiest carriers. However, our Chicago trucking accident attorney learned that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has not laid out a timetable for the completion of this process. The inaction has caused much frustration with the President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations.

Trucking accidents can be severe and life-altering events. If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent large commercial vehicle driver, please contact a experienced Chicago truck accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti today for a free consultation to determine what legal rights, relief and representation may be available to you.