One of the major responsibilities that commercial vehicle owners and operators have is to make sure their vehicles are safe and properly maintained. These enormous vehicles can sustain heavy wear-and-tear due to the fact that they travel long distances and often carry very heavy cargo.
In order to make sure these vehicles operate as they are supposed to, they should be regularly and frequently assessed for potential issues. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is launching efforts this month to try and prevent one major cause of commercial vehicle accidents: improperly maintained brake systems.
Next week has been named Brake Safety Week by the CVSA. During that week, inspectors across the U.S. will ramp up efforts to conduct inspections of commercial vehicle braking systems. These efforts are intended to identify brake issues like loose or missing parts, leaking hydraulic fluid, worn out brake pads and linings as well as misaligned brakes. These are avoidable problems that all too frequently lead to failing brakes and serious crashes.
According to reports, more than 46 percent of serious commercial vehicle violations include brake violations. These are considered to be especially dangerous violations because brake systems can fail or malfunction if they are not in compliance with strict regulations. If the brakes do not work, trucks can crash into other vehicles causing accidents that are very often fatal.
Hopefully these efforts will lead to fewer brake-related truck crashes in Georgia and across the U.S. However, there will unsafe trucks that do not get inspected in time to prevent an accident and in those situations, it can be crucial for victims and their families to hold the negligent party or parties accountable for the considerable damage suffered.
Not only can this help people recover damages, it can also send a powerful message that truckers and truck owners are accountable for all types of commercial vehicle violations that lead to accidents.
Source: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, "Brake Safety Week: September 6-12, 2015," accessed on Sept. 3, 2015