TULSA, Okla. (PRWEB) August 14, 2014
The Edwards Law Firm’s truck accident attorneys have compiled data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) to provide motorists with accurate crash information among three of the nation’s top carriers.
The firm’s research shows that FedEx has the highest crash incidence (1), followed by Con-Way Freight (2) and UPS (3); over the past 24 months, the number of accidents among these carriers were 1,137 accidents, 515 accidents and 508 accidents, respectively.
“FedEx may have had the highest number of crashes—which included 29 fatal accidents—but they also had the highest number of vehicle and driver inspections,” said attorney and firm partner Tony Edwards.
“Over the course of two years, FedEx was inspected over 5,000 times. It’s a serious reminder that driver error and negligence are a major part of the equation when it comes to commercial vehicle crashes. Just because the truck is in good working order doesn’t mean it won’t be involved in a serious or fatal crash,” Edwards said.
The SMS provides an assessment of on-road performance and investigation results with its Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC). The three carriers examined had varied results in the unsafe driving category, reflecting a 30.7% unsafe driving rating for FedEx, 10.4% for UPS and .7% for Con-Way Freight. The unsafe driving percentile is based on results from roadside inspections, which may include driving violations.
“The FMCSA’s data is updated every month, so it’s a great way for consumers and motorists to check the safety records of these carriers. All you need is the name of the company and a quick search in the database can give you a basic summary of the frequency of inspections, driver fitness, whether there is a history of controlled substance abuse among drivers and more,” said Edwards.
“The only flaw is that the data relies on reported crashes, which, as we know, means if the agency wasn’t made aware of an incident the details of that crash wouldn’t have been reported. Regardless, everyone has access to this information and it can tell us a lot about the safety of these carriers,” Edwards said.
The Edwards Law Firm provides free consultations for any person who may have been harmed in an accident with a commercial vehicle, or who lost a loved one in such a crash. For more information, visit edwardslawok.com or call the firm at (800) 304-9246.
About The Edwards Law Firm
The Edwards Law Firm serves clients throughout Oklahoma with offices located in McAlester and Tulsa. The firm’s personal injury and auto accident lawyers are dedicated to the specific needs of each client, and strongly believe that every victim deserves access to intelligent and compassionate legal counsel regardless of their ability to pay. Contact The Edwards Law Firm today to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation by visiting edwardslawok.com or by calling us at 1-800-304-9246.
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Tulsa OK, 74133
1. FMCSA, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/Carrier/265752/Overview.aspx, 30 July, 2014
2. FMCSA, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/Carrier/21800/Overview.aspx, 30 July, 2014
3. FMCSA, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/Carrier/241829/Overview.aspx, 30 July, 2014