CVSA Brake Safety Week scheduled to begin Sept. 16

Truck drivers in Missouri can expect closer scrutiny from law enforcement and truck inspectors during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week, which starts Sept. 16. The nonprofit organization of industry representatives and federal, state and local safety officials chose to conduct a one-day brake-related safety blitz in 2017, which resulted in almost 1,700 semi-tractor trailers being ordered off the road.

Poorly maintained or defective braking systems are especially dangerous when they are tasked with safely stopping vehicles that can weigh up to 40 tons. That's why commercial vehicle inspectors will be scrutinizing brake mechanics closely during Brake Safety Week. According to the CVSA, most of the inspections conducted during the week-long safety initiative will be Level I inspections, which are extremely rigorous. Inspectors will be checking for leaking air or hydraulic fluid, signs of damage or neglect and the functionality of brake failure warning systems. Any trucks that are considered a danger to other road users will be ordered out of service.

Efforts like Brake Safety Week are needed because poorly functioning air braking systems remain a persistent problem in the logistics sector. During the CVSA's one-day safety initiative in 2017, 14 percent of the trucks ordered out of service failed inspections due to issues with their brakes. Brake-related violations were also the most common cause of out-of-service orders during the group's Roadcheck inspection blitz in early June.

When truck accidents may have been caused by defective parts or inadequate maintenance, crash victims could seek compensation for damages. Attorneys can use evidence that shows a pattern of reckless behavior and establish that commercial vehicle operators failed to meet their duty of care to other road users.

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