Vehicle Safety Analytics Group
The Vehicle Safety Analytics Group (VSA) has established itself as an authoritative international resource on vehicle safety and crash data. Its Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics is the ultimate source for heavy vehicle accident data.
The goal of the Vehicle Safety Analytics Group is to produce objective information that will ultimately lead to a reduction of traffic accidents and their associated injuries and fatalities. The Group’s approach is a commitment to data quality developed from experience with field data collection, survey methods, analysis techniques, and state and federal crash data sets.
VSA’s heavy-truck and bus crash files are the most comprehensive and accurate data available. The data are used for a variety of needs, including assessing the probable impact of new technology, and supporting the regulatory process by providing targeted analysis for government officials.
VSA research is closely aligned with the Commercial Vehicle Research and Policy initiative, which serves as a focal point for all truck and bus research within UMTRI, and facilitates collaboration with other University units.
Since its inception, the Vehicle Safety Analytics Group has been jointly supported by government, industry, and private sponsors. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides critical support for the TIFA and BIFA projects, as well as a series of other projects to support the FMCSA’s mission to promote the safety of trucks and buses on our Nation’s highways. Other projects have been supported by Sandia National Laboratories, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and the Federal Highway Administration. Private organizations include the American Trucking Associations, the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association, TRW Automotive, the National Truck Equipment Association, the Electronic Stability Coalition, and certain major truck manufacturers.