Attention Motor carriers and drivers, if you have an eligible crash that took place on or after June 1, 2017 and evidence to show that the crash was not preventable, you can participate in the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program.
As you are aware, Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores use all crashes, regardless of preventability. This has been an ongoing issue in the transportation industry and the DOT has recognized that "preventability" should be considered in CSA reporting and scores.
Effective August 1, 2017, the DOT has launched a pilot program called the Crash Preventability Program. This program allows trucking companies to dispute certain crashes that were ruled preventable. Following a dispute, crashes deemed non-preventable will still appear in the CSA safety measurement system, but won’t count against the carrier.
The FMCSA will begin accepting Requests for Data Review (RDRs) into its Crash Preventability Demonstration Program through DataQs. Crashes eligible for the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program must have occurred on or after June 1, 2017. The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program is expected to last a minimum of 24 months.
The following crash types are eligible for participation in the program:
- When the truck was struck by a driver under the influence or a related offense
- When the truck is struck by a motorist driving in the wrong direction
- When the truck is hit in the rear
- When the truck is hit while legally stopped or parked
- When a pedestrian or car moved in front of a truck to attempt suicide by truck
- When the truck sustained disabling damage after hitting an animal in the road
- When the crash was caused by an infrastructure failure or falling trees, rocks, or other debris
- When the truck was hit by cargo or equipment from another vehicle
For more information on how this can impact your Risk Management Program, contact: Your Risk Management Advisor at Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. 800-289-1501