West Virginia drivers may have been impacted by the Brake Safety Day that took place on May 3. This unannounced check caused nearly 2,000 trucks to be sidelined in 33 states and 10 Canadian provinces where inspections took place. A total of 9,524 inspections took place with 1,989 trucks being taken out of service. Of those trucks taken out of service, 1,146 were related to brake violations.
According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the goal of the inspection was to remove trucks that had critical brake violations. It also wanted to see how anti-lock brake systems were being maintained.
Of the trucks that were inspected, 4,635 were required to have an ABS system by law, and about 8 percent were cited for ABS violations. According to the CVSA, the next Brake Safety Day is scheduled for Sept. 7 and will again take place throughout the United States and Canada. The CVSA, which is a nonprofit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives, has indicated that brake malfunctions are the leading cause of out-of-service violations during its periodic inspections.
Negligent truck maintenance is also a factor in numerous truck accidents. When a big rig is in a collision as a result of faulty brakes or any other reason, occupants of other vehicles are at risk of sustaining catastrophic injuries that require lengthy periods of expensive medical care and treatment. A personal injury lawyer could assist an injured victim in pursuing compensation through a lawsuit filed against the trucking company. In some cases, these matters can be settled out of court.