If you want to research a trucking company’s safety records, several options are available via the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The FMCSA has several online resources for obtaining safety information on trucking companies. You only need a trucking company’s name, DOT number, or motor carrier number to search the records.
An overview of the available online information can be found here.
The Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) Service
The SAFER records can give you a “Company Snapshot,” which is a summary of the truck company, including its identification, safety rating, how many times its vehicles have been placed out of service, and the company size.
The “Company Safety Profile” is a service that requires a $20 fee but also offers much more safety information about an individual trucking company’s operation. These include items from the inspection and crash reports and results from enforcement actions by the DOT.
General Truck and Bus Safety Information
A&I Data and Reports are available to research, generally crash data broken down by years and states. The information on this page provides in-depth trends and can be an invaluable safety resource.