Potential Pitfalls in Crash Reporting

The purpose of this hot topic section is to provide assistance related to the collection of truck and bus data reported to FMCSA’s SAFETYNET to States that are currently revising or planning to revise their police accident report. We recognize that the committees assembled for report revisions may contain competing interests and that truck and bus crashes represent a small percentage of the overall crash population. However; truck and bus crashes do represent a significant traffic safety issue. The items identified here were garnered from an analysis of every State in the country’s crash report as it related to the collection truck and bus data. For reference, included below is a downloadable guide to SAFETNET crash data requirements and definitions.