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RoadCheck 2015 Aims to Help Keep California Drivers Safe

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

In June 2015, almost 70,000 trucks and buses were inspected as part of Roadcheck 2015. The event is aimed at education drivers about truck safety and proper securing of loads. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, 44,989 trucks were given a Level I inspection. Of those inspected, 21.6 percent or 9,732 vehicles, were taken off of the road due to out-of-service violations. In addition, 3.6 percent of drivers operating inspected vehicles were guilty of violations.

Issues related to a truck's brakes were the leading cause of violations. Braking system violations account for 27.5 percent of all out-of-service violations while problems with brake adjustments accounted for 15.5 percent of all out-of-service violations. Of trucks that were taken off of the road due to hazardous materials violations, 27.5 percent were related to shipping papers while 23 percent were related to placards on the truck.

Hours-of-service violations accounted for 46 percent of violations related to drivers. Overall, the violation rate for both drivers and vehicles was the lowest since 1991 when the CVSA started keeping such data. These numbers have declined steadily since 2013 when 4.3 percent of drivers and 24.1 percent of drivers were ordered off of the road due to Level I violations.

Those who are injured in a truck accident that was caused by negligent truck maintenance or truck driver fatigue often are forced to incur high medical expenses, and many are unable to return to work for prolonged periods. In many cases, a personal injury attorney could review the trucking company's maintenance logs as well as time records in order to determine that the company should be named as a defendant in a lawsuit seeking compensation for the damages that the injured victim has incurred.