North Carolina residents might be interested in learning that an annual safety inspection blitz ended on June 8. It was targeted at commercial trucks and started on June 6.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance puts on the annual inspection blitz in an effort to highlight problems within the truck driving industry. The nonprofit organization works together with inspectors across the U.S. and in Canada. The goals of the inspections are to check for compliance with safety and maintenance regulations, to step up enforcement and to engage in educational initiatives aimed at improving the safety of the trucks as well as the public roadways.
This year, the CVSA was primarily focused on cargo securement during the inspections. Violations can occur when loads are not properly secured, when tie downs are broken or worn, when truck equipment is unsecured or when load shifts happen. During the 2016 event that focused on brakes, the CVSA reports that 21.5 percent of the large trucks that the inspectors inspected were placed out of service because of violations. Among the drivers during 2016, 3.4 percent were placed out of service.
The trucking industry is subject to strict regulatory oversight because of the risk of serious injury that is posed by large trucks to occupants of smaller vehicles traveling around them. People who are involved in large truck crashes may be catastrophically injured or killed. Victims and the families of people who are killed in accidents involving negligent commercial truck drivers might benefit by talking to experienced personal injury lawyers. Attorneys may assess the cases and offer guidance about whether or not they have legal grounds to file lawsuits. If the attorneys agree to represent the victims or the families, they may file the civil complaints against all of the potential defendants in an effort to recover damages to compensate their clients.