From June 5 to 7, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held its annual International Roadcheck to see if commercial vehicles and their drivers complied with safety guidelines. A total of 67,502 roadside inspections were conducted this year, 45,400 of which were the comprehensive Level I inspection. The results of those inspections have been released, and truckers in Arizona will want to know what violations were most common.
An overall 11,897 vehicles and 2,664 drivers were issued out-of-service orders. The numbers are lower than they were in 2017 despite the fact that more inspections were conducted this year. Of all the trucks that underwent Level I inspections, 21.6 percent were put out of service as were 3.9 percent of drivers at Levels I, II and III.
43.7 percent of drivers' out-of-service violations were related to hours-of-service regulations. Less than 2 percent were specifically hours violations, but the percentage is still high. Incidentally, the CVSA made HOS violations the focus of its Roadcheck after the electronic logging device mandate went into effect in December of 2017.
Other prominent driver-related violations included the possession of the wrong class license and the falsification of records of duty status. The majority of vehicle-related violations concerned the brake system, brake adjustment and the tires and wheels. The CVSA is holding its annual Brake Safety Week from September 16 to 22.
Trucker negligence is behind many motor vehicle accidents, but the victims may be able to receive damages if they file a claim against the trucking company. This is where a lawyer can come in and have third parties investigate the crash; obtain proof of negligence like phone records, truck maintenance records, and work logs; and determine the exact extent of victims' injuries. An attorney can then negotiate for a settlement covering past and future medical expenses, lost income and anything else that applies.