Between Sept. 16 and 22, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be having its yearly Brake Safety Week. This inspection spree will be focused on commercial motor vehicles like big rigs and buses throughout Georgia and the rest of the U.S. The purpose of the inspection is not only to ensure that drivers are maintaining their brake systems but also to raise awareness of how bad brakes put all drivers at risk.
The majority of the inspections will be Level I inspections. These 37-step procedures will cover both operator- and vehicle-related violations. CVSA-certified inspectors will be noting everything from mismatched air chamber sizes to defective rotors to worn-out linings and pads. They will also check for loose or missing parts and make sure that the required brake-system warning devices are present. They will test for brake efficiency in the 12 jurisdictions where performance-based brake testing tools are used.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s most recent Large Truck Crash Causation Study, almost a third of trucks with pre-crash violations were discovered to have brake problems. Over 45 percent of trucks in brake-critical crashes had faulty brakes, compared to 30 percent of trucks in crashes where braking capacity was not important. Brake violations are all too common; 14 percent of vehicles inspected during 2017’s Brake Safety Day were put out of service for brake-related violations.
When negligent truck maintenance is a factor in an auto accident, the victim could have the grounds for a claim. During a case evaluation, a lawyer could factor in any comparative negligence and estimate a fair amount for a settlement. A network of third parties will obtain the police report and handle the task of gathering evidence. A victim can have a lawyer negotiate on their behalf with the trucking company and take the case to court if negotiations fail.