Some Pennsylvania truck drivers may have had their vehicles inspected as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck event. The inspection was conducted in early June throughout North America.
Not as many drivers and vehicles were placed out of service as in 2017 even though there were more inspections. Common out-of-service violations for trucks were brake adjustment and systems along with tires and wheels. Drivers were taken out of service for false record of duty status, wrong class of license or hours of service violations. However, although hours of service was the focus of the inspection and over 40 percent of the drivers who were taken out of service were because of this type of violation, they represented only 2 percent of all drivers.
In all, inspectors completed more than 67,000 roadside inspections. Over 11,000 vehicles and more than 2,000 drivers were taken out of service.
Unsafe equipment and violation of safety regulations can lead to serious truck accidents. These can be the fault of the truck driver, the trucking company or even the equipment manufacturer. If the truck accident involves other vehicles , the injuries may be catastrophic because of the relative size of the truck compared to passenger cars. Adequate compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages over what could be weeks or years of recovery may be necessary. In some cases, a person might be left permanently disabled. An attorney might be able to advise a person about how to document big rig accidents and injuries and seek compensation, either through a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurer or through a lawsuit.