The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced that it will ramp up its enforcement efforts in Michigan and throughout the country during Brake Safety Week in 2018. The event, which will take place Sept. 16-22, will primarily focus on Level I inspections. Inspectors will be looking for things like loose or missing parts, defective rotor conditions and worn linings. They’ll also be checking a wide range of other components that are crucial to the braking safety of commercial vehicles.
Vehicles that don’t pass inspection during Brake Safety Week will be taken off the roadways until they fix the associated issues. Brakes must consistently be maintained and repaired so that they operate according to the manufacturer’s specifications. When brakes are improperly repaired, maintained or installed, they can reduce efficiency and present a risk to everyone on the road.
In 2017, 14 percent of trucks inspected during a single-day CVSA event were taken off the roads due to brake-related violations. Problems related to brakes make up the majority of inspections violations during these types of heightened enforcement periods. Before the Brake Safety Week, the CVSA will host Operation Safe Driver Week. This event will focus on driver-specific problems related to speeding, seat belt use and other issues.
When a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident due to faulty brakes or driver error, the party responsible may be forced to pay a victim compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Victims of truck accidents are encouraged to seek legal representation. A settlement may be reached out of court, but going to trial is sometimes necessary.