Established in the year 2000, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation. Its stated mission is to reduce the number of commercial vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. The FMCSA does this by vigorously enforcing safety regulations, strengthening commercial motor vehicle operating standards, updating information systems, and increasing safety awareness.
To accomplish its many worthwhile goals, the Administration works with federal, state, and local enforcement agencies, labor safety groups, the commercial motor carrier industry, and others. How effective have they been?
Car accidents are a regrettable fact of life. Wherever there are large vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed, there are bound to be collisions, some of which are fatal. Because of the sheer size and weight of trucks and buses, when they are involved in crashes, the risk of serious injury or death rise. The FMCSA keeps a close eye on these numbers and works to improve them year after year. How do we know?
When we look at large truck and bus fatal crash statistics from 1975-2009, we notice a few obvious trends. The most important one is that deadly accidents have been trending downward for years now. In fact, there were fewer fatal crashes in 2009 than any other year on record!