The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is charged with reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Large trucks and buses are often referred to as “commercial motor vehicles”. The FMCSA employs over 1,000 personnel in all 50 states who are dedicated with improving the safety of commercial motor vehicles and saving lives. To fulfill this noble Mission, the FMCSA employs strategic initiatives. The Mission and Strategy of the FMCSA are explained below.
The FMCSA has released a new tool under the umbrella of Analysis & Information Online that is an interactive Safety Event Mapping Tool. FMCSA promotes A & I Online helping to prevent crashes through improved safety decisions. The map displays data for all fifty states and even allows a break down of statistical data at the local level by county. Our office is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, FL. Palm Beach County, FL lies to the North and Miami-Dade County, FL is directly South.
Utilizing this new interactive tool we found some interesting data regarding crashes in the State of Florida involving large trucks (commercial motor vehicles) and buses. For all crashes involving commercial vehicles (large trucks or buses) the State of Florida the FMCSA data (available on line as of this writing 2/17/16) provides as follows:
With regard to fatalities by county, the FMCSA data (available on line as of this writing 2/17/16) provides:
Statistically, there are a number of fatalities in accidents involving commercial vehicles throughout these three Florida counties. The historical numbers appear below for truck accidents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County.
Whether the numbers will show any particular trend, that can be tied to enforcement efforts by FMSCA is something we will be watching. The features of this new tool, the ability to find and review data is in the very early stages of evolving. With time, more data and depth may help in determining the ability of the FMCSA to fulfill their mandate to the public at a county level. In combination with other enforcement tools, inspections and reporting we hope lives will be saved and that this can be statistically measured and quantified. In time, this information may help answer the question posed in “Are Trucks Killing Us?” by Gabriel F. Zambrano available here.
Gabriel F Zambrano is a member of Plaintiff only litigation groups dedicated to the investigation of cases involving trucks and other commercial vehicles including the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), as well as other private Plaintiff only groups. You can e-mail him with any questions via [email protected] or call (954) 524-2820 during business hours on Eastern Standard Time.