USAttorneys discuss the role of hours of service violations in truck accidents
Seattle, WA- Commercial trucks are heavy and cause a lot of damage if they are involved in a truck crash. Because of the destruction they cause, large trucks need to be in good working order and drivers must adhere to federal safety regulations. Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts mass inspections of commercial vehicles operating in the U.S. and Canada over three days.
During the three-day International Roadcheck, which took place in late October, 62,796 inspections of commercial trucks were conducted throughout the North America. Inspectors for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance did different levels of inspections that examined vehicles, brakes, tires and drivers. These reviews placed great emphasis on tire and brake safety.
There were improvements in the rate of out-of-service violations. According to the CVSA press release, “21.5 percent of vehicles and 3.4 percent of drivers were placed out of service due to critical item violations.” Brake violations were the number one out of service violation for vehicles, accounting for 45.7 percent of out-of-service truck violations. As for drivers, the two most common out of service violations were falsifying log books, 16 percent, and hours of service violations, 46.8 percent.
Inspectors also conducted thorough inspections of tires to raise awareness. They looked at tread depth and sidewalls and checked tire pressure. The CVSA release says inspectors made sure there were no bulges or objects lodged in the treads.
The CVSA in conjunction with law enforcement conducts International Roadcheck annually along with other safety initiatives.Out of service violations dropped slightly in CVSA’s most recent International Roadcheck.
Safety should always be the priority for truck drivers and trucking companies, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes people cut corners at the expense of safety which can lead to an unnecessary accident. Individuals can be harmed or killed because a driver stayed on the road while they were fatigued or failed to repair their brakes as needed.
If you are injured in a truck wreck, USAttorneys recommends you call a truck lawyer in Seattle and set up a consultation. After evaluating the circumstances of your crash, our top-notch team of lawyers will help you with the important decisions you must make if you want to recover maximum compensation. Their advice and legal expertise will be invaluable to your personal injury or wrongful death case.
Our team of truck accident lawyers in Seattle, Washington understand the personal and financial ramifications of a truck accident and will everything to remove the barriers standing between you and a fair settlement. USAttorneys’ team in Washington state have a solid track record of successful truck accident claims, so you can count on them to be dedicated to your case. Call today and set up a case evaluation to learn what steps you need to take next.