Tractor Trailer Accident Resources

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The NHTSA website, , 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.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

The FMCSA website, , 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.

United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)

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, , 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.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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, . The Administration also focuses on highway safety through its safety program. It conducts safety research and develops outreach projects.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute

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 .

The Highway Loss Data Institute is a related organization that publishes insurance loss results by vehicle make and model. Its web address is .

Insurance Research Council

Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina

The Center conducts interdisciplinary research directed at reducing deaths, injuries and the associated societal costs of roadway crashes.

The Truck Safety Coalition

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.