The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held its annual International Roadcheck in June. The three-day event ended with 67,502 roadside inspections being conducted across North America, the results of which have just been released. Truck fleet owners in Pennsylvania may be interested in learning about the more unsafe trends.
During the inspection spree, 11,897 vehicles and 2,664 drivers were issued out-of-service orders. The inspections differed in terms of what they covered, but 45,400 were Level I inspections, which are the most comprehensive. Of all trucks that underwent the Level I inspection, 21.6 percent wound up with an out-of-service order.
The top three vehicle-related out-of-service violations were linked to the brake system, brake adjustment and the tires and wheels. These made up close to 64 percent of all vehicle-related out-of-service violations. The frequency of brake violations is noteworthy as it explains why the CVSA also holds an inspection spree specifically for such violations. Brake Safety Week, as it's called, takes place this year from September 16 to 22.
Among driver-related out-of-service violations, the most frequently cited were hours-of-service violations (43.7 percent). HOS regulations were put in the spotlight after the ELD order went into effect in late 2017 and became the CVSA's major focus for this year's Roadcheck. Other recurring violations included the possession of the wrong class license and false records of duty status.
When there's an 18-wheeler accident, the victims will want to find out whether it was caused by negligence on the trucker's part. Perhaps the truck had faulty brakes or the trucker went against HOS rules and was driving while drowsy. Whatever the case may be, negligence will give victims the grounds for a claim against the trucking company. An attorney could preside at negotiations and prepare the case for court if the company refuses to pay out or offers a low settlement.