Drivers of commercial trucks in North Carolina and the rest of the country should be aware of the Brake Safety Week to be held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. During the week-long event, which begins on September 16, truck inspectors will be increasing their enforcement efforts.
According to the CVSA, the majority of the inspections that will take place during the event will be Level I inspections, under which the vehicles will undergo the most thorough examination that the agency provides. However, the focus of the event this year will be the brake system and its components. Inspectors will be examining the brake system for hydraulic fluid or air leaks, measurements of pushrod travel, incorrectly sized air chambers across axles and any missing or loose parts. They will also focus on verifying whether the mandatory brake systems warning devices are present and working and the condition of the brake rotors, pads, linings and drums. Any vehicles that are determined to have ill-adjusted or defective brakes will be marked as out of service.
In press release issued by the CVSA, the agency states that in order for commercial motor vehicles to be operated safely, their brake systems must function correctly. Routine inspections as well as consistent and careful maintenance are necessary for the brakes to operate according to the manufacturer's specification during the working life of vehicle. Brake systems that are not properly installed or do not receive the necessary maintenance they require can have a reduced braking efficiency and can be safety hazards on the roadways.
A personal injury attorney may work to obtain financial compensation on behalf of clients who have sustained injuries in trucking accidents caused by negligent truck maintenance. Lawsuits may be filed against the driver of a truck and the truck carrier company for medical expenses and lost wages.