Truck drivers in Kentucky and throughout the US are supposed to ensure that their brakes are in good working order. Yet many neglect this crucial area and, thus, raise their risk for an accident. During the 2019 International Roadcheck, which is held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), thousands of trucks were inspected and placed out of service for safety violations. Of these violations, 45.1% related to brake systems and adjustment.
August 2020 will host Brake Safety Week
The CVSA puts on another inspection spree every year called Brake Safety Week. The 2020 Brake Safety Week is scheduled to take place from August 23 to 29 and will pay special attention to tubing and brake hoses. These components, which are essential for mechanical fitness, must be flexible, properly attached and free of leaks and damage.
A total of 13.5% of the trucks that were inspected during Brake Safety Week in 2019 received OOS orders, and hopefully, the percentage will be lower in 2020. Truckers should also be aware that August has even been named Brake Safety Awareness Month.
Fleets and brake safety
Sometimes, the truckers who neglect their brakes work for fleets that are already not so safety-minded. Those curious to know which fleets are the safest could check out the nominations for the Truckload Carriers Association’s yearly “Best Fleets to Drive For” competition.
Attorney for accident cases
When driver negligence is the cause of truck accidents, trucking companies can be held liable for the victims’ injuries and property damage. If you think you have a valid case, then it’s advisable to have a lawyer evaluate it. Kentucky is a no-fault state, so only cases involving serious injury could lead to a third-party claim. After the evaluation, an attorney may assist with the filing of your claim and negotiate the settlement for you.