Drivers in Pennsylvania and around the country can expect to see tractor-trailers undergoing rigorous roadside inspections between June 4 and June 6 as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts its annual International Roadcheck safety blitz. During the 72-hour crackdown in 2018, about 12,000 semi-trucks and more than 2,500 commercial vehicle drivers were ordered out of service by inspectors for safety violations and paperwork irregularities.
A roadway safety coalition is concerned about the dangers of trucking accidents in Pennsylvania and across the country, urging changes in legislation that could impose greater regulations on large semi-trucks. Road Safe America, the Truck Safety Coalition and others are calling on Congress to require all heavy trucks to make use of speed limiting devices and automatic emergency braking technology. These advocates say that statistics about crashes back up their call for more rules on truck safety.
Jackknifing refers to the process during which and its trailer form an L or V shape as they veer off of the highway. Although such an accident can be fatal, there are steps that can be taken to prevent one from happening. For instance, truckers should check their trailers frequently while driving on Pennsylvania highways. This can be done by making use of the truck's mirrors, especially whenever the truck has to brake hard.
From September 16 to 22, 2018, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance hosted its annual Brake Safety Week. The results of that inspection spree are now out and should be of interest to truckers and truck fleet owners in Pennsylvania. In all, the CVSA stopped 35,080 commercial vehicles across the U.S. and Canada. A total of 4,955, or just over 14 percent of the vehicles, were put out of service.
Statistics for 2016 show that over 4,300 people died because of trucking accidents on the country's highways. Over the past 20 years, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended on 10 separate instances that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, needs to do something about requiring anti-crash technology on all big rig trucks. The trucking accident problem is an issue currently being discussed by some members of Congress.
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.
Drivers in Pennsylvania have plenty to be concerned about when it comes to the dangers posed by poorly maintained truck brakes and equipment. When a large commercial truck drives with dangerously bad brakes, other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on the road can pay a high price in case of a crash. Improperly maintained brakes may mean that a truck driver is unable to stop their vehicle at the right time, and with the size, weight and mass of 18-wheelers, the results can be catastrophic or even fatal. This is one reason the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is organizing Brake Safety Week.
For many Pennsylvania drivers, the fear of having a crash involving a large truck or bus can be very real. With the large size and mass of these vehicles, they have a significant potential to cause serious physical harm to other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists on the road in an accident. In addition, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks is on the rise across the country, according to statistics released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.