Crash Not Your Fault? FMCSA Says Soon It Won't Hurt Your CSA Score

Monday, May 13, 2019


Beginning in August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to make permanent a demonstration program that allows truck crashes in which the driver was not at fault to be listed as "not preventable" in Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program scores. The program currently classifies a crash as "not preventable" on a carrier's Safety Measurement System profile in instances where the carrier is not at fault. However, before that determination can be made, a carrier must submit a request for data review through the agency's DataQs system, attaching documentation that establishes the carrier could not have avoided the crash. Prior to the demonstration project, fatal crashes listed on a carrier's safety profile did not contain information on whether the carrier was at fault in the crash. Under the demonstration program, if a crash is found to be not preventable, a carrier's private Crash Indicator Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Category, or BASIC, score would be recalculated with the crash omitted. BASIC scores underpin carrier ratings in the CSA program. Under the demonstration program, to be considered for a "not preventable" rating, a crash must have resulted in a fatality, bodily injuries requiring immediate medical treatment away from the scene of the crash, or a vehicle being towed from the scene of a crash. There are eight types of crashes that would be automatically eligible for a review, including in which a commercial motor vehicle is struck by a motorist driving under the influence, struck by a motorist driving in the wrong direction, struck in the rear, or being struck when the commercial motor vehicle is legally stopped or parked.

Transport Topics - Eric Miller 5/13/2019

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