CVSA inspection blitz sidelines 11,897 commercial vehicles

Truckers in Georgia likely encountered safety inspectors this past June during a three-day inspection spree organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The alliance puts together multiple inspection events across North America every year to catch unsafe commercial trucks and buses and educate operators about how to comply with trucking regulations. The International Roadcheck conducted 67,502 roadside inspections in June and took 11,897 vehicles out of service because of safety violations.

Level I inspections were applied to 45,400 of the vehicles, and 21.6 percent of those failed the check and were placed out of service. Brake problems accounted for the bulk of problems at 28.4 percent of citations. Wear and tear on tires and wheels caused 19.1 percent of trucks to fail inspection, and improperly adjusted brakes accounted for 16.3 percent of the failures.

The International Roadcheck this year focused on drivers as well by examining their hours of service. Although only 3.9 percent of drivers were taken off duty after inspections, 43.7 percent of them had violated hours-of-service rules.

Federal trucking regulations are designed to improve safety by ensuring proper truck maintenance and appropriate rest breaks for drivers. Violations of these regulations could impose liability for truck accidents on companies and their insurers. A person hurt in a wreck with a big rig might want legal representation when pursuing a personal injury claim. An attorney could recognize attempts by an insurer to limit a settlement and counteract such tactics by collecting evidence of negligence. The services of an attorney could help a person to secure a financial settlement that alleviates hardships caused by medical bills and lost income.

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