Lancaster, NE- Mechanical failure remains one of the leading causes of deadly or injurious truck accidents throughout the U.S. Because of that regular safety checks of tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks are conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance each year. Such a safety check, which focused on brakes, found an increase in the number of trucks with out-of-service brake violations.
Between September 7 -13, federal, state, and local inspectors for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance examined over 13,000 commercial trucks operating in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico during their annual Brake Safety Week.
Inspectors looked at brakes to determine if they were in safe working order and were properly adjusted. For U.S. based trucks, inspectors found that out-of-service violations for brake adjustments increased to 10.4 percent, up from 9 percent in 2013. The out-of-service rate for brake components rose to 9.3 percent in 2014, up for 7.1 percent in 2013, according to Trucking Info.
Overall 16.2 percent of the 13,305 inspected had out of service violations for improperly functioning brakes and brake parts.
“The ultimate goal of Brake Safety Week is to reduce the number of highway crashes caused by faulty braking systems on commercial vehicles,” said CVSA President Capt. William Reese of the Idaho State Police.
Brakes that don’t function properly can be deadly for truck drivers and motorists. A previous National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that brake failure played the largest role in truck accidents caused by mechanical failure.
If you been involved in a truck accident caused by a brake or other mechanical malfunction, you need to know that you have the right to seek compensation for your medical costs, loss of wages and emotional suffering. When you enlist a Nebraska accident attorney you can have confidence that your advocate will do whatever it takes to get you a favorable settlement.
Take for instance a deadly truck accident that occurred in July in California on a winding mountain road in rush hour traffic. It was just after 8 a.m. on Interstate 17 when traffic began to slow. The driver of an approaching tractor-trailer saw that traffic had slowed and tried to avoid colliding with a line of cars. He couldn’t and he slammed into a line of 11 cars, killing one motorist.
During the course of the investigation, the truck driver told police he tried to avoid the line of cars by making evasive maneuvers, but his brakes failed and he couldn’t avoid a collision. Having properly functioning brakes could have prevented this accident.
Trucking companies and truck drivers have the responsibility of ensuring their vehicles are in safe working order. They must make sure their vehicles are repaired in a timely fashion and unsafe trucks are not allowed on the street. Should a truck company or driver put a dangerous vehicle on the road and someone is harmed or killed, a Nebraska truck accident attorney will make certain all the relevant parties pay for endanger the safety of the truck accident victims.