Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds a nationwide brake inspection spree called Brake Safety Week. For 2020, it will be held from August 23 to 29, so truckers in Pennsylvania should ensure that their brake system is well-maintained. Inspectors will be paying close attention to the brake hoses and tubing: If these are damaged, not properly attached, leaking or inflexible, this may result in an out-of-service order.
Brake system and adjustment violations were behind 45.1% of all OOS violations during the 2019 International Roadcheck, another yearly safety event held by the CVSA. As for the 2019 Brake Safety Week, it ended with 13.5% of inspected trucks being put out-of-service because of brake-related violations. There is good reason, then, for emphasizing brake safety. Incidentally, August has been designated as Brake Safety Awareness Month.
Many truckers may neglect safety, though, because the fleet they work for has not established a very safety-minded culture. Truckers should be interested to know, then, that the Truckload Carriers Association has an annual Best Fleets to Drive For contest and is welcoming both truckers and owner-operators to identify fleets with a great working environment. Respondents can explain how a given fleet has outstanding safety practices, training and benefits, among other things.
Trucking companies that neglect safety may wind up indirectly causing truck crashes. While most collisions between truckers and passenger vehicle drivers are the fault of the latter, truckers can be just as liable as anyone else to drive drowsy, drunk, distracted or negligent in some other way.
Those who are injured by a truck driver’s negligence or recklessness may want an attorney to help them file their claim. Trucking companies usually have their own legal team as well and can work aggressively to deny payment. The attorney may handle all settlement negotiations.