25 percent of trucks in inspection blitz deemed an “imminent hazard”

Almost 25 percent of trucks inspected during the Roadcheck 2015 program were deemed out-of-service. This means violations were so egregious the vehicle posed an "imminent hazard" to other drivers.

Federal regulations are in place to help ensure the nation's roadways are safe. Unfortunately, not all trucking companies and drivers adhere to these regulations. In an effort to increase compliance and further reduce the risk of trucking accidents, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) puts on an annual inspection program. Overdrive, an online resource for trucking news, recently reported on the program, noting that 44,989 trucks were subject to a Level I inspection during the most recent inspection effort, referred to as the Roadcheck 2015 "inspection blitz." Of these trucks, almost 25 percent were placed out-of-service.

More on the inspections

Level I inspections include an examination of the driver's license and record of duty as well as hours of service and seatbelt use. The vehicle itself is also examined, with attention on the braking systems, steering mechanisms and coupling devices. These inspections are conducted by certified inspectors.

Vehicles found to pose an "imminent hazard" are rendered out-of-service until the condition or defect is corrected.

More on the "inspection blitz"

The blitz was part of the International Roadcheck effort. This effort is the largest enforcement program focusing on commercial trucks in the world, currently in its 28th year. The event generally lasts three days and focuses on both compliance and enforcement of regulations as well as educational initiatives.

The CVSA is responsible for the program. According to the group, these inspections have resulted in over "318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided."

More on the results

This year, the group reports 1,623 drivers were found in violations that led to out-of-service designations. The top reported violation was for hours-of-service issues. Hours-of-service regulations are designed to keep fatigued truck drivers off the roads. These regulations limit when and how much a driver can operate a commercial truck.

During this same event, 9,732 vehicles received out-of-service designations. The majority of violations involving the vehicles were brake system and brake adjustment violations.

What to do if injured in a truck accident

Even with regulations in place violations happen. These violations can result in accidents. Those who are involved in a truck accident connected to a violation of one of these regulations are likely eligible to receive compensation to help cover the costs associated with the crash. That can include funds to cover medical bills, property damage costs and rehabilitation expenses.

If you are the victim of a truck accident it is wise to contact an experienced accident lawyer. This legal professional will review your case and help determine who may be liable. This could include a review of the driver's practices, the condition of the commercial truck itself and the practices of the parent company. These cases can be complex, but your attorney will advocate for your rights, working to better ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled.

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A:At Cyrus & Adkins, we will advance all costs necessary for the development and presentation of your case. In the event of a successful recovery, whether by settlement or verdict, these necessary costs and expenses are reimbursable to our firm.