Completing the Picture of Crashes: Understanding Data Needs and Opportunities for Road Safety

Since 2009, fatal crashes involving large trucks have steadily increased to 4,237 fatal crashes in 2017, a 46.5 percent increase when compared to 2009. Over that same time period, non-fatal crashes involving large trucks have increased by 57.6 percent to an estimated 446,000 such crashes. This study will leverage existing data sources external to the agency, to gain more insight into crashes involving large trucks and buses, including, but not limited to: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) roadway inventory data; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), CRSS and EDT; economic data (e.g. truck sales, employment trends, etc.). Once identified, the various data sets will be integrated and analyzed. The analysis will allow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to identify areas of concern and develop countermeasures to drive new initiatives to reduce large truck and bus crashes on our nations roadways.

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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $625000
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

  • Managing Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    Washington, DC   
  • Project Managers:

    Guarino, Jenny

  • Start Date: 20210409
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220408
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Data-centric Research; Conduct Studies of our Crash Data and Systems
  • Subprogram: Safety Data

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01864831
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2022 4:26PM