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Nearly 5,000 trucks put out of service during Brake Safety Week

From September 16 to 22, 2018, inspectors certified by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance stopped a total of 35,080 commercial vehicles in the U.S. and Canada as a part of Brake Safety Week. The inspection spree ended in 4,955 vehicles, just over 14 percent, being put out of service for brake violations. Truckers and truck fleet owners in Georgia may want to know more details.

Inspectors mainly focused on the vehicles that need antilock braking systems, an important safety feature. They sidelined 234 out of 5,354 hydraulic-braked power units (4.4 percent) for ABS violations. The next highest percentage of ABS violations were among air-braked power units: 2,176 out of 26,143, or 8.3 percent. Trailers saw the most violations with 2,224 out of 17,857, or 12.5 percent, being sidelined.

In 2017, the CVSA held a Brake Safety Day instead of a weeklong spree, yet the number of trucks that were put out of service was also around 14 percent. In June 2018, the CVSA held its 72-hour International Roadcheck, where brake violations made up 28.4 percent of all out-of-service violations. No other violations were so frequently cited. These results show that truckers and their employers need to be more attentive to vehicle maintenance.

Faulty brakes can increase a vehicle's stopping distance and present the danger for a rear-end accident or another incident from occurring. Those who are injured in a trucking accident and know that the trucker is to blame may be able to file a claim. A successful claim can cover losses like past and future medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

Since trucking companies will have a team of lawyers arguing against such a claim, victims will want their own legal representative. An attorney could handle settlement negotiations and prepare the case for court if a settlement cannot be achieved.

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