As most truck drivers in Connecticut are aware, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds a brake inspection spree every year called Brake Safety Week in the effort to enforce the trucking industry’s brake regulations. Inspectors issue an out-of-service order to any trucks found with brakes that don’t meet the standards.
CVSA schedules the 2020 Brake Safety Week
The CVSA announced that the 2020 Brake Safety Week will take place from August 23 to 29. It’s fitting because August is actually Brake Safety Awareness Month, when law enforcement agencies educate fleets, their drivers, owner-operators and mechanics about the importance of well-maintained brakes.
For 2020, the inspection spree will focus on brake hoses and tubing as a way to highlight the role these components play in overall mechanical fitness. They must be properly attached and flexible. They must not leak or be damaged.
Truckers continue to neglect their brakes
Truckers have a duty to inspect their rig and fill out a maintenance report before the start of every shift. Yet some, perhaps influenced by the bad practices of their fleet, continually neglect this. As a result, the CVSA had to issue out-of-service orders to 13.5% of the trucks it inspected during the 2019 Brake Safety Week. During the CVSA’s International Roadcheck in 2019, brake-related violations made up 45.1% of all the OOS violations.
For those injured by a negligent trucker
Most truck collisions with passenger vehicle drivers are the fault of the latter, but your case is different. Even if you partially contributed to the accident, perhaps your fault comes out to be less than the trucker’s; still, you have a chance of recovering damages. A case evaluation could tell you how much, so it may be in your best interest to see a lawyer. The lawyer may assist with settlement negotiations as well.