Insurance FAQ: What exactly is DataQs?

Do you have DataQ?

The answer should be yes, especially considering that it can get you off the hook for multiple violations.

Let’s agree. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time – even ticket writers. If you receive a violation that you feel is unwarranted, don’t let it go public.

DataQs allows users to track and request review of federal and state information provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that they believe is inaccurate or incomplete.

“It gives carriers the opportunity to challenge any violations they receive,” he said Reliance Partners Safety director Robert Kaferle argues that few truckers are aware of or taking advantage of this powerful program.

The process is simple. Once registered for a DataQs account, truckers will be able to submit a Data Review Request (RDR) for any violation they feel should be addressed.

According to Kaferle, carriers can use DataQ for three years in accidents and two years for violations. However, don’t expect the FMCSA to hear all your requests.

“You can have a reputation as someone who cries wolf, so be careful what you submit to review,” Kaferle said, warning that some violations may not be contested. For example, he said there is no excuse for not having eight days without logs or not having a manual for logging power tools. “You can’t argue that you didn’t make it.”

RDR can be fast at times and long at others. Kaferle said it depends on the strength and complexity of the problem, although FMCSA says it wants to investigate the content. 10 days.

“I have dataQ’d things that I sent in the morning and this afternoon they received positive results when they changed the violation,” said Kaferle, adding that sometimes it can take a few days or more than a month to receive treatment. results.

Kaferle also noted another feature of DataQs that many carriers are unaware of – the Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) which monitors RDRs to review the validity of accident prevention.

Through the CPDP, accidents that occurred on or after August 1, Aug. 1, 2019, it may be appropriate to receive an RDR to determine whether an accident deemed probable is unavoidable.

Liability coverage includes accidents where the commercial vehicle (CMV) is not at fault. This includes but is not limited to rear-end collisions caused by another driver; is a driver who causes a wrong way or an illegal accident or a vehicle that fails to stop; accidents that occur after suspension or legal suspension; accidents caused by a person who has done the accident or a driver who is distracted or has experienced a medical problem that caused the accident.

Motor carriers can request the FMCSA through DataQs to review their accident to determine if it is a failure. Kaferle said accidents that are found to be unavoidable can raise insurance rates and the Injury Severity Score.

Kaferle advises truckers to use DataQ wisely. He also said that you should know the law and how it relates to your case, especially so that your claim is supported by facts.

“A carrier may not know about these devices if they haven’t made the effort to learn or if they haven’t worked with an insurance company or an advisor who understands their importance,” Kaferle said. “Many carriers don’t go to the FMCSA website. They don’t review their numbers every month, or their scores. They just connect to the tools that are available.”

Kaferle encourages all carriers interested in CSA risk management, conflict resolution or accident prevention to sign up. DataQs account at the same time I reach Reliance Partners learning how to reduce risk.

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