Tractor Trailer Accident Resources
The NHTSA website, www.nhtsa.gov, provides a treasure trove of information related to the following: recalls, defects and complaints; vehicle safety research; recent studies and reports; laws and regulations, vehicles and equipment, research and development projects; safety issues, and tech service bulletins. You can find out how to file a complaint, how you can check for recalls, and how to perform a search on the Administration’s defect investigations.
The FMCSA website, www.fmcsa.dot.gov, focuses on the Administration’s mission to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. You can go to this website to obtain the latest information regarding the following: the Administration’s rulemaking activity; registration and licensing; statistics and facts; publications; safety and security; as well as outreach and education. The website also contains a wealth of other information.
The U.S. Department of Transportation was created in 1966 under the DOT Act. Its mission is to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system in the United States. The department’s website, www.dot.gov, is a broad, general resource that links to related sites. Its FAQ page is informative and covers a wide range of topics including how to file a complaint against a trucking company, how to find traffic and road closure information, and how to learn the specifics concerning truckers’ hours of service regulations.
A major agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration has been delegated the responsibility of ensuring the safety of America’s roads and highways. Because states, local, and tribal governments own most of the nation’s highways, the FHWA works with these entities to provide financial and technical support in the construction, improvement, and preservation of the country’s highway system. See, www.fhwa.dot.gov. The Administration also focuses on highway safety through its safety program. It conducts safety research and develops outreach projects.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an educational organization sponsored by auto insurers. Its efforts are directed at reducing deaths, injuries and property damage caused by vehicle crashes. Its web address is www.iihs.org.
The Highway Loss Data Institute is a related organization that publishes insurance loss results by vehicle make and model. Its web address is www.hldi.org.
The Center conducts interdisciplinary research directed at reducing deaths, injuries and the associated societal costs of roadway crashes. www.hsrcc.unc.edu
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System Encyclopedia contains annual statistics regarding the number of persons killed in crashes involving large trucks. The information is broken down by person, type, and crash type. www.fars.nhtsa.dot.gov
The Truck Safety Coalition is a partnership between two organizations, The Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (Crash) Foundation and Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.). The Coalition has the stated goal of reducing deaths and injuries caused by accidents involving trucks. It is also a support group for truck crash survivors and the families of those who have died in truck accidents. The organization promotes education about truck safety issues. www.trucksafety.org
Operated by George Washington University in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Crash Analysis Center is a cooperative automotive and highway safety research institution. Its specialized laboratories perform vehicle digitization and reverse engineering, crash simulation, biomechanics, high-performance computing, and data analyses. The Center is a repository of crash test films, data and reports from the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other organizations which produce or convey crash analysis information. Visit www.tfhrc.gov or www.ncac.gwu.edu.
Etrucker.com is a website owned and operated by Randall-Reilly Publishing. It disseminates information across a broad range of topics of interest to truckers. The site provides a forum for truck drivers and trucking companies, and it covers newsworthy items including the latest news on transportation hearings in Congress and new types of equipment available on the market. Visit www.etrucker.com.