Commercial-sized vehicles are often used to transport heavy, potentially dangerous cargo across Tennessee and the U.S. They regularly travel several thousands of miles every day in an effort to keep up with consumer demands. Considering all these things, it is crucial that these vehicles are properly maintained so that they are safe and function appropriately.
Unfortunately, there are many trucks on the road that are not up to code when it comes to maintenance, especially in terms of brake maintenance. In fact, nearly half the trucks that are inspected and ordered to be placed out of service are done so as a result of faulty or improperly installed brakes. This week, federal agencies will be ramping up efforts to inspect trucks for brake violations and get any unsafe commercial vehicles off the road before they are involved in a crash.
According to reports, this week has been designated Brake Safety Week across the U.S. During this week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are teaming up to have agents inspect thousands of trucks.
During last year’s week of increased brake inspections, over 13,300 commercial vehicles were inspected and more than 2,000 were ordered out of service because of issues with the brakes. This could include brakes that were out of adjustment, had missing parts or were defective.
Large, commercial vehicles are much more difficult to stop than smaller passenger vehicles. They need more time and space to slow down and if the brakes are worn out or faulty, the braking capacity of the vehicle can be seriously compromised, affecting the vehicle’s performance. In these situations, it can be all but impossible to avoid a collision with other vehicles on the road.
Hopefully, the increased enforcement this week will result in getting many unsafe trucks off the road. However, if you or a loved one is involved in a crash with a commercial vehicle, you may want to discuss the situation with an attorney to determine if the trucker or trucking company may have been negligent in maintaining safe vehicles. If so, one or both parties may be held accountable for damages suffered in the crash.