ATRI to release report on CSA and crash accountability

Updated Nov 15, 2015

csa basic alertsThe American Transportation Research Institute will be releasing next week a report on crash accountability and FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Using crash data from 14 carriers, ATRI is analyzing the impact of removing five specific crash types from the Crash Indicator BASIC calculation in CSA’s Safety Measurement System. The crashes ATRI focused on include five types where the driver or carrier couldn’t have prevented the crash:

  • Being hit by another driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Another driver running a stop sign or light and hitting your truck
  • Being hit while legally parked
  • Collisions with an animal in the roadway
  • Collisions involving a pedestrian attempting to commit suicide by truck

Before releasing the analysis, ATRI has gathered examples of non-preventable crashes from owner-operators to demonstrate how common and challenging these crashes can be for truck drivers.

One of the industry’s biggest gripes with CSA is its fault-agnostic treatment of crashes. Carriers are punished in the system by crashes that are in no way the fault of the truck operator or the carrier, the industry says.