This week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) revealed that it held an unannounced Brake Safety Day on April 25. The results of the CVSA’s initiative are shocking but not altogether surprising to our truck accident lawyers.
A total of 11,531 vehicles were inspected across 41 U.S. states and 11 Canadian provinces and territories. These inspections found that 1,595 vehicles did not satisfy mandatory safety requirements for braking systems. This means that nearly 14% of the vehicles examined were considered unsafe due to having inadequate or unsafe braking systems. Many of these vehicles were forcibly put out of service.
Violations regarding anti-lock braking systems (ABS) were also a common finding. Of the vehicles inspected, over 850 trucks and tractors and 750 trailers had ABS violations. In total, the CVSA initiative identified over 3,000 vehicles in dangerous conditions.
A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation found that rigs in trucking accidents are 50 percent more likely to have unsafe braking systems before the collision. This same study revealed that, in brake-critical crashes, 45.5 percent of trucks had brake violations while only 29.9 percent did not. These results reveal that trucks with breaking violations are statistically more likely to be the at-fault vehicle in incidents where braking is a critical factor.
When Carelessness Happens, We’re Here to Help
For Arnold & Itkin, the findings of this surprise inspection by the CVSA highlighted one important thing: governmental agencies are not able to keep up with the sheer amount of commercial vehicles on the road. With tight deadlines, some trucking companies have developed a culture of ignoring the well-being of their drivers, vehicles, and other motorists. As a result, the nation’s highways have become inundated with the risk of being involved in a trucking accident.
Arnold & Itkin is familiar with the irresponsible, careless and absolutely dangerous practices of the operators of large trucks. In fact, we’ve recently filed a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas for a young man who was struck by a truck while he was waiting at a stoplight. His life was needlessly altered by the actions of an irresponsible and reckless truck owner.
When drivers ignore our nation’s regulations to protect others on the road, our team of trucking attorneys hold carriers responsible to help our clients rebuild their lives. We have a proven record of obtaining real results for those who need them the most. Call (888) 490-0442 to review your options with a lawyer for free.