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What are the CSA BASICs and how are they interpreted?

What are the CSA BASICs and how are they interpreted?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented a program called CSA which stands for Compliance, Safety and Accountability. This program became implemented in the United States in approximately 2010. This program is the Safety Compliance and Enforcement program of the FMCSA which created a system called the BASICs to hold motor carriers, including owner-operators accountable for their actions by identifying those with safety problems to prioritize them for intervention such as warning letters and investigations and the potential loss of their DOT license to operate a trucking company. The CSA program evaluates motor carriers’ compliance with the FMCSR and the BASICs. The motor carrier’s safety performance and compliance records will impact the motor carrier’s safety record. The FMCSA then tracks their monthly violation of the following seven categories. They are unsafe driving, hours-of-service compliance, vehicle maintenance, controlled substances/alcohol, hazardous materials compliance, driver fitness, and crash indicators and.

A real trucking attorney or experience tractor-trailer lawyer will start a case by sending a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the FMCSA to obtain the Company Safety Profile for ITP. The DOT and FMCSA will usually respond and provide MCS-150 forms filed by the trucking company along with their crash record, their Company Safety Profile and complaint and audit information.

When a truck accident lawyer obtains this information they will study and analyze their safety compliance. They will look at the violation rates. The higher the violation rates the worse the company is. Once the company gets to a high enough rate they will get Safety Alerts that will be placed on their Company Safety Profile. If they get too many Safety Alerts, the FMCSA will send in a DOT enforcement officer to audit the company. The company will then be given a letter or fine and a series of recommendations. They may get a serious penalty. If they receive enough violations they risk losing their DOT license to operate a trucking company.

If you have a lawyer, attorney or abogado that does not understand the FMCSR and the CSA BASICs then you may not have a capable attorney. These types of cases cause significant injury and wrongful death. Since they are working both in intrastate and interstate commerce, every single driver in the U.S. is at jeopardy.

At Brad Pistotnik Law® the Bull Attorneys® have an entire library of motor carrier industry and trucking literature and training manuals. Our attorneys and lawyers study books and driver training materials on accident avoidance, hazard perception and rules that are taught by orientation teachers and Safety Directors in the trucking industry. By doing this we know what we have to ask to take a deposition of a truck driver or Safety Director. We usually take videodepositions of the trucking company personnel so we can visually present your case to the jury. Many of the cases resolve without actually going to suit.

Call the Bull Attorneys® and Brad Pistotnik Law® at 1-800-241-BRAD® or our new number 1-800-WIN-BULL. We care about our clients and we work as hard as humanly possible to end your pain and suffering. Our results are substantial and we have the economic ability to spend the necessary monies on litigation costs to build your case. Your call and first consultation is always free and if you don’t win or recover money you do not pay us a dime.

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