Truck drivers in West Virginia and all around the country can expect 72 hours of increased scrutiny beginning on June 6 as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance launches its annual International Roadcheck safety initiative. The organization announced on March 13 that the focus of this year’s safety blitz will be cargo securement. During the 2016 International Roadcheck event, CVSA staff carried out 62,796 inspections.
Improved road safety is the goal of the yearly International Roadcheck effort, and commercial trucks will likely be subjected to North American Standard Level I inspections, which are extremely thorough and involve driver as well as vehicle checks. While the 2016 initiative focused on tire safety, this year, inspectors will be paying particular attention to how safely cargo is secured. Truck owners and drivers hoping to avoid citations should ensure loads are properly secured and check cargo tie downs for damage or wear.
About 67 percent of the 62,796 inspections carried out during the 2016 International Roadcheck were Level I inspections, and they led to almost 2,000 semi-tractor trailers being pulled from service. Most of these vehicles were ordered off the road for hours of service and tire violations. While enforcement will be stepped up dramatically during the 72-hour safety blitz, the CVSA will also be promoting educational and compliance initiatives for truck drivers and owners.
Thousands of American road users are killed or injured each year in tractor-trailer accidents, and their families often initiate litigation against distracted, intoxicated, fatigued or otherwise reckless truck drivers. However, experienced personal injury attorneys may sometimes pursue civil remedies on behalf of truck accident victims against the truckers’ employers. Trucking companies may be sued when accidents are caused by poorly maintained vehicles, inadequately trained drivers or poorly secured loads.
Source: Overdrive Magazine, ‘Nationwide truck inspection blitz set for June,” Matt Cole, March 10, 2017