Truckers in Louisiana and across the U.S. need to ensure that their brake system is in good working order. The reason is that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced the date for its 2020 Brake Safety Week. This annual roadside inspection spree goes on nationwide, and if truckers are found to have brakes that do not meet safety regulations, they may be placed out-of-service.
The spree is to span from August 23 to 29, and the emphasis will be on brake hoses and tubing. The CVSA states that these components must be without damage or leaks. They should be flexible enough and properly attached. If these are not up to specs, they can create issues in the rest of the braking system.
Of all the trucks inspected during the 2019 Brake Safety Week, 13.5% were put out-of-service for brake-related violations. Also in that year, brake system and adjustment violations were a major problem during the International Roadcheck, another CVSA inspection spree. They composed 45.1% of all OOS violations.
To ensure safety, it’s important that trucking companies have a safety-minded culture to begin with. Fleets are hit-and-miss in this regard. To see which fleets are highly regarded, truckers may want to look into the results of the annual Best Fleets to Drive For contest held by the Truckload Carriers Association.
Not all truck accidents can be avoided, even when truckers are being safe, as some will occur because of defects that the truckers would not have reasonably known about. Other times, of course, accidents arise because of trucker negligence or recklessness. Crash victims who were not to blame may have a case against the trucking company, but before they file anything, they may want to discuss things with a lawyer. They may hire the lawyer for negotiations and more.