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Commercial Trucks and Buses to be Subjected to Random Inspections

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be conducting random safety inspections on commercial trucks and buses over a three day period between June 2 and June 5. The roadchecks are done in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and transportation administrations from Canada and Mexico. They hope to conduct an average of 17 inspections per minute – nearly 75,000 total over the three day period.

Inspections Will Be Very Thorough

Inspections will be random Level I Inspections at checkpoints across the country.

Driver inspections will include:

  • Proof of licensing
  • Proof of medical card
  • Verification of hours-of-service documentation
  • Drug and alcohol checks

Vehicle inspections will include:

  • Braking system
  • Exhaust system
  • Coupling devices
  • Fuel system
  • Steering mechanism
  • Suspension
  • Drive line
  • Tires
  • Lights
  • Windshield wipers
  • Safe loading

Last Year’s Results Were Alarming

This is the 28th year that random inspections have been conducted. In 2014, the results were shocking. Nearly 20% of all vehicles inspected were placed out-of-service due to safety violations or non-compliance with federal regulations. That figure is even more alarming considering that some carriers, who know their vehicles are in violation, elect to stay off the roads entirely during the 72 hour inspection period. In 2014, the most common inspection failures came from mechanical issues.

Those most likely to fail inspection include:

  • Brake systems – 29.5%
  • Brake adjustments – 16.7%
  • Tires/wheels – 13.8%
  • Lights – 13.5%
  • Loads – 11.5%

Poor Maintenance Causes Truck Accidents

Random inspections show just how many of the commercial trucks and buses that motorists share the road with are unsafe. Poorly and improperly maintained trucks are one of the leading causes of truck accidents in the United States.

Truck companies are responsible for keeping up with the maintenance on their fleet. If its failure to maintain its trucks is responsible for causing an accident, the trucking company could be held liable. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck or bus, you should consult with an attorney who has experience with truck accident cases. A skilled attorney will have a team of investigators inspect the truck to identify any failures in its maintenance that could have contributed to the accident.

Contact the truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin to let us help you recover compensation for your injuries.

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