FMCSA announces Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP)

FMCSA announces Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP)
Updated May 6, 2020


The FMCSA’s new Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) is an expanded—and permanent—program that enables motor carriers to improve their CSA scores. The CPDP stems from demonstration program that ended on July 31, 2019. Under the new CPDP, motor carriers may request a data review for eligible crashes that happened on or after August 1, 2019.

The CPDP is officially published in the Federal Register and accepting submissions. Those submitting a data request review must provide the police accident report as well as supporting documents, photos and videos.

CPDP highlights

Eligible crash types have been expanded to include the 15 total crash types. Those 15 eligible crash types have been rearranged, and like crash events have been grouped together. The FMCSA has indicated the possibility of expanding crash types over the next two years, but for now, the result is 10 categories of crashes that are eligible for review.

  • Struck in Rear
  • Wrong Direction or Illegal Turns
  • Parked or Legally Stopped
  • Failure of the other vehicle to stop
  • Under the influence
  • Medical Issues, Falling Asleep, or Distracted Driving
  • Cargo, Equipment, Debris or Infrastructure Failure
  • Animal Strike
  • Suicide
  • Rare or Unusual

“Rare or Unusual” crashes are those that seldom occur and do not meet another eligible crash type (for example, being struck by an airplane or skydiver, or being struck by a deceased driver).

The motor carrier’s list of crashes on the public SMS website will reflect “not preventable,” “preventable” and “undecided.” SMS scores will not reflect crashes that were reviewed and determined “not-preventable.” And Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) reports will note crashes that were determined to be “not-preventable.”

Learn more about the CPDP.

Access CPDP FAQ page.

Download the Federal Register Notice.

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