SAFETY ANALYSIS FOR NON GUILTY TRUCKERS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTS SHOULD NOT BE AFFECTED

SAFETY ANALYSIS FOR NON GUILTY TRUCKERS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTS SHOULD NOT BE AFFECTED

There is an expected program that could eliminate specific kinds of non-preventable accidents from carriers and drivers’ comprehensive safety analysis scores (CSA) that will probably bring good results, but in accordance to OOIDA’s comments that may not be sufficient to take care of truck drivers, who weren´t responsible in an accident.

Conforming to the comments submitted by OOIDA about this prospective process, certain crash records can probably be eliminated from a carrier’s or driver’s safety record at FMSCA.

FMCSA proposes to grant data review’s requests which seek to set the non-preventability of specific crashes via its DataQs, agency’s national data correction system. 

FMCSA indicated four types of accident situations on its proposed demonstration program that might be categorized as non-preventable if a trucker was hit by another driver condemned by one or more of the following:

Hitting the Commercial Vehicle’s rear 
Operating under the Influence of alcohol or drugs
Colliding the Commercial Vehicle while it was legally stopped
Driving in the opposite direction

OOIDA´s affirm that crashes that are not caused by motor carriers or drivers should not be considered against them or used to define the chances that the driver could be implicated in a next accident.

In order to document and prove a commercial drivers’ innocence, its strongly recommended to collect, when possible, the data from witness testimonies, dash camera video, weather information at the time of the accident, photos of the crash/accident, courthouse documentation of the dismissed citation and Google satellite view and /or Google street View of the accident site. All these information should be accessible in the course of the accident investigation.

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