The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance claims that it placed 1,667 commercial vehicles out of service during a surprise safety blitz earlier this year. Those vehicles were taken off the road for brake safety violations. Overall, that figure represented 16.1% of all trucks that were inspected in the United States during the May 15 event. Another 1,620 vehicles were inspected in Canada with 13.5% being taken out of service for similar violations.
The focus of the event was on violations related to brake hoses and tubing as they are deemed among the most important parts of a brake system. They need to be adequately flexible, be free from damage and not have any leaks to pass an inspection. Furthermore, these parts must be attached properly to not be in violation of CVSA rules. Throughout the first half of 2019, there were 37,737 violations for chafing or kinking of brake hoses or tubing.
Other common brake violations include brakes being out of adjustment and brakes that were simply defective or inoperative for any reason. If a truck manufactured after March 1998 doesn’t have a functioning ABS dashboard light, it can be taken out of service. The CVSA says that its next planned safety event will start on Sept. 15 and last until Sept. 21.
If a truck driver is negligent in causing an accident to occur, they may be held liable for financial damages. It is possible for victims of auto accidents to incur medical bills or lost wages. They may also lose future earnings related to physical or mental impairments sustained in a wreck. Negligent activities could include driving a truck while impaired or without a proper license to do so. An employer could be negligent in allowing an unqualified person to operate its commercial vehicles.