How do Pennsylvania and New Jersey rate on reporting truck accidents?
PENN —Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS)
All states are required to report crashes involving a truck or bus along with defined severity criteria, to the MCMIS Crash file, maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). For this project, Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics (CNTBS) assesses the accuracy and completeness of the MCMIS file on a state-by-state basis.
The objective of the study dated June 2007 is to evaluate the completeness, timeliness, accuracy and consistency of the State-reported crash and roadside inspection data in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS).
The FMCSA uses safety event data provided by the States to evaluate their safety programs. Since there is variability among States in the reporting of crash and roadside inspection data, a methodology has been developed to evaluate the completeness, timeliness, accuracy and consistency of the State-reported crash and roadside inspection data.
The methodology compares the data quality of State-reported crash and roadside inspection data to standards set by FMCSA. It consists of five performance measures and one overriding performance indicator.
Each State will have a rating of good, fair, or poor for each measure, indicator and overall rating. The output from this evaluation is a list of States and their corresponding ratings on data reporting. This evaluation will be updated quarterly to reflect improvements in crash and roadside inspection reporting.
State-reported crash and roadside inspection records in MCMIS have been evaluated based on snapshot of the events that occurred April 1, 2006 through March 31, 2007.
PA was one of 10 states with fair rating. Thirty-seven states had good ratings and 3 states had poor ratings (New Mexico, New Jersey, and Massachusetts).
PA rated fair overall. PA rated good in overall crash reporting timelines. Pa rated fair in the number of crashes reported and the number of truck inspections reported as timelines. PA rated poorly in the number of crashes accurately reported and good in the number of accurately reported inspection timelines.
New Jersey, on the hand, did worse. New Jersey rated poorly in overall crash reporting timelines. NJ rated good in the number of crashes reported and poor the number of truck inspections reported as timelines. NJ rated good in the number of crashes accurately reported and poor in the number of accurately reported inspection timelines.