ATRI Looking for Carrier and Driver Input on Crash Accountability Research

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, seeks stakeholder input for an upcoming ATRI report on crash accountability. Using detailed crash data from 14 carriers, ATRI is completing its analysis of the impact of removing five specific crash types from the Crash Indicator BASIC calculation. The crashes that ATRI focused on include five types where the driver or carrier could not have prevented the crash include:

  • Being hit by another driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Another driver running a stop sign or light and hitting your truck;
  • Being hit while legally parked;
  • Collisions with an animal in the roadway;
  • Collisions involving a pedestrian attempting to commit suicide by truck.

Prior to releasing its analysis, ATRI is seeking stakeholder examples of non-preventable crashes to demonstrate how common and challenging non-preventable crashes are for truck drivers.

Motor carriers and commercial drivers are encouraged to send examples of non-preventable, DOT-reportable crashes to Please include crash cause details and consequences. All information will be anonymized by ATRI. If your stories are selected for use in ATRI’s report, ATRI researchers will contact you prior to publication to review your submittal.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.