Truck drivers in Ohio know that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds several inspection sprees each year to make sure the drivers are following all safety regulations. There’s the International Roadcheck, for example, and the more specific Brake Safety Week. Truckers should note that the 2020 Brake Safety Week will take place from August 23 to 29.
As usual, inspectors will be out to pull over any trucks that seem to be having mechanical problems. If the truck brakes do not meet safety standards, the rigs will be placed out of service. Inspectors will be checking the brake hoses and tubing in particular. These should be attached properly, flexible and free of leaks or damage.
Brake-related violations are more common than some might think as they were behind 45.1% of all out-of-service violations during the 2019 International Roadcheck. During the 2019 Brake Safety Week, 13.5% of the trucks that were inspected had to be placed out of service.
Truckers are required to inspect their rig before every shift, so there’s no excuse when it comes to addressing brake issues. However, truck fleets can shape a lot of truckers’ attitudes toward safety. Those who wonder what the most safety-minded fleets are could look to the results of the Truckload Carriers Association’s “Best Fleets to Drive For” contest.
Even the most safety-conscious company cannot prevent all truck crashes because truckers can choose whenever they want to be negligent. If a person was the victim of a trucker’s negligence, they may be eligible for compensatory damages. If they file a personal injury claim and succeed, they might receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. A lawyer may help during the filing process to ensure that the claim includes the maximum amount of compensation.