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Brake safety blitz finds trucks with violations

The vehicles of some North Carolina truck drivers may have been inspected on May 3 as part of an unannounced Brake Safety Day. There was a total of 9,524 inspections by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and 1,989 trucks were found to be in violation and placed out of service. Brake-related violations were the cause of 1,146 of these out-of-service placements.

According to the CVSA, the intention is to identify critical brake violations and get those trucks off the road. Furthermore, the organization said it wanted to check the maintenance of anti-lock braking systems. There were 4,635 trucks identified during the inspection as requiring ABS. The ABS of 8 percent of those trucks were in violation in some way. The organization also reported that during roadside inspections, the highest percentage of out-of-service violations were brake related.

The inspections occurred in 33 states and 10 Canadian provinces. In June, another Brake Safety Day was announced for North America on Sept. 7.

Brake violations and other issues with equipment may result in truck accidents. These instances of equipment neglect or failure could be the fault of the driver, the company or the manufacturer. Truck accidents might also occur because a truck driver is fatigued, distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The injuries that result from a truck accident may be particularly serious because of the size of the truck relative to other vehicles. After a truck accident, it is first necessary to determine who is at fault, and thus, who is legally liable. Those parties or that person will then be responsible for the expenses of the injured people. However, if the compensation offered by the insurance company is too low, an injured person might file a lawsuit against the responsible parties in an effort to get more compensation.

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