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Agency develops new measurement of trucking safety

Truck accidents can be particularly devastating for New York drivers on the road. Due to the size and weight of large semi-trucks, occupants of passenger vehicles are far more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer. This means that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, mandate to identify unsafe trucking companies and improve their records is important for the safety of everyone who takes to the roads. The FMCSA released a report that identified its plans to reform the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program to improve trucking safety.

The report introduces a new system to measure the safety record of trucking companies and make it easier for carriers to understand their current safety scores. The agency also noted that it was potentially introducing absolute safety scores rather than a relative system based on comparing trucking companies with one another. Despite the dangers that truck accidents can cause to others on the road, companies have repeatedly complained that their safety scores were unfair and based on inaccurate data. Following these complaints, Congress ordered the FMCSA to develop a new safety scoring system.

The FMCSA report adopted a number of recommendations from the National Academies of Science, including adopting an item-response mechanism to evaluate carrier safety on the basis of specific violations and issues. In addition, it noted that the agency intends to work with companies and states to acquire large-scale data about miles traveled and trucking collisions.

Among the crash data to be assessed are the effects of trucking collisions, including fatalities and injuries. When people have been hurt in a crash caused by a negligent or dangerous truck driver, they can suffer serious and lifelong consequences. A personal injury lawyer may work with accident victims to pursue compensation for the damages they have suffered, including lost wages and medical bills.

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