Last week the launch of a new, more user-friendly FMCSA Safety Measurement System Website simplified the ability to review the safety history of truck drivers and trucking companies. The updated website should prove a valuable resource to not only the trucking industry, but also to truck accident lawyers working to hold negligent drivers and companies accountable for their wrongdoing.
An Updated and Improved Website
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the new website is the result of user studies. The federal agency wanted to make it easier for visitors to access the information and resources; the FMCSA wanted its safety measurement system website to be more intuitive.
According to a press release from the FMCSA, the new website boasts the following features:
- Consolidated, user-friendly FMCSA safety information tailored for specific user groups, including a new Motor Carrier Resource Center and an updated Driver Safety Education Center
- Easier access to Get Road Smart materials, featuring an updated CSA Feedback Form, where anyone can order posters and a brochure, with more materials to come
- New, easy-to-read factsheets, based on the most frequently asked questions from drivers and motor carriers
The Safety Measurement System (SMS) is an automated system details the road safety record of commercial trucking and bus (coach) companies. The SMS can be utilized to not only review past records (e.g., as part of discovery in a trucking accident case) but also to to identify frequent offenders and dangerous haulers for targeted enforcement interventions.
Have Your Say about the FMCSA Safety Measurement System Website
According to the FMCSA, the updates to the FMCSA Safety Measurement System website were based on feedback from real users. The FMCSA has committed itself to further improvements and is eager to further engage with stakeholders. The agency will hold online webinars to educator visitors on how to use the new site, as well as to answer questions and collect feedback about the site. The webinar schedule is below:
- Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET
- Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET