Brake inspection week scheduled for Sept. 16-22

Georgia truck drivers and trucking companies may be interested to learn that annual Brake Safety Week was scheduled for the week of Sept. 16. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance noted that full Level I inspections of vehicles will take place in addition to focused inspections on each vehicle's brakes.

For brake inspections, CVSA said that inspectors planned to focus on brake components, which may include missing or loose parts, hydraulic fluid leaks, mismatched air chamber sizes and worn brake pads, among others. Vehicles that were found to have defective brakes or brake components that were out of adjustment will be taken out of service following the inspection.

The CVSA annual inspection that took place in 2017 was all completed in one day. However, during that one day of inspections, approximately 14 percent of trucks were taken out of service due to brake component issues. CVSA particularly focuses on brake performance as poorly maintained or improperly installed brakes pose a serious risk to roadway safety. Trucks that are unable to stop efficiently are at risk for causing serious trucking accidents that could result in injuries or even fatalities.

When a motorist becomes injured in a trucking accident, he or she is at risk for suffering serious injuries that could include broken bones, damage to internal organs and a traumatic brain injury. If it is found that the accident was caused by poor or improper truck maintenance, a personal injury attorney may help the injured motorist file a lawsuit against the driver of the truck, especially if he or she is an owner-operator, and the company that hired the driver. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the person could potentially seek compensation for medical bills and other associated damages. The attorney may at first negotiate out of court with the liable parties, though a lawsuit may be filed in court if a resolution cannot be reached.

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