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12,000 trucks placed out-of-service for hours, brake problems

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, placed almost 12,000 truck and buses out of service in Louisiana and across North America as part of an inspection blitz. The event, known as International Roadcheck, completed a total of 67,502 roadside inspections over a three-day period. During this time, 2,664 drivers and 11,897 vehicles were ordered out of service. Approximately 45,400 of these inspections were Level I inspections, the most thorough type of inspection.

According to the CVSA, the roadcheck blitz mainly focused on hours-of-service violations. Forty-three percent of the drivers who were placed out of service during the inspection was due to hours-of-service violations. The top three reasons for trucks being placed out of service were due to brake problems at 28.4 percent, tire and wheel violations at 19.1 percent and brake adjustment issues at 16.3 percent. Driver out-of-service violations included hours of service, incorrect class license and falsifying duty records.

Future safety blitzes include a Brake Safety Week campaign, which aims to reduce vehicle accidents and increase safety by ensuring that trucks have fully operating brake systems. During the campaign, inspectors will perform Level I inspections in order to find any problems with the brake system. This will include looking for loose or missing parts, detecting air and hydraulic leaks and ensuring that warning devices for brake system failures are working.

Trucking accidents that are caused by a negligent driver can cause loss of life, injuries that require medical assistance and loss of wages through missed time at work while healing occurs. Drivers who drive when tired or operate a vehicle that doesn't properly work act negligently. Victims of trucking accidents may be able to receive compensation for damages. In this case, a lawyer may be able to show that a truck driver drove more than the allowable hours or that the truck had problems prior to the accident, making it unsafe for them to operate the vehicle and proving that they were at fault for the trucking accident.

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