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FMCSA releases design of new trucking safety scoring system

After years of complaints from trucking carriers and drivers about the complexity and design of its safety scoring system, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a report outlining its plans to reform its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The goal of the report is to design a new system that will better identify unsafe trucking companies on roads in Louisiana and across the United States.

The report from the FMCSA was 10 pages in length, and it dealt primarily with re-writing the CSA Safety Measurement System. This is a scoring system designed to use trucking industry data to identify the least safe trucking companies. The primary change the report makes is building the scoring system around easily calculated data that is measured by an absolute system instead of relative scores that are tied to peer carriers.

The report was required after President Obama signed the FAST Act highway bill into law in 2015. The bill required the FMCSA to partner with the National Academies of Science to create a scoring system that was easier to understand and used more accurate data.

According to the agency, a small-scale test of the new scoring system could begin as early as September 2018. If the early test goes well, a full-scale test will begin as early as April 2019.

While the FMCSA has dedicated themselves to eliminating vehicle accidents caused by tractor trailers, the immediate reality is that drivers will continue to be injured in wrecks. A motorist who has been injured in an accident caused by a tractor-trailer may have a claim for damages. Those damages could include medical bills and lost wages among other things. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help a victim recover those damages.

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