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CVSA finds violations during Brake Safety Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance ran an inspection spree as part of its Brake Safety Week in September, inspecting 35,080 vehicles in Arizona and other states as well as in Canada. The inspections were conducted on commercial vehicles, and brake violations requiring removal from service were found in 14.1 percent of them. According to the CVSA, 4,955 vehicles were placed out of service during Brake Safety Week 2018.

In 2017, the CVSA ran a Brake Safety Day, rather than 2018's week-long event. The results of Brake Safety Day were similar to those of Brake Safety Week, with 14 percent of vehicles removed from service during the 2017 blitz. The CVSA also ran an inspection blitz in June 2018, the International Roadcheck, which lasted 72 hours. During that event, brake violations were the most common violation, accounting for 28.4 percent of all out of service orders.

One area that inspectors focused on this past September was the function and maintenance of antilock braking systems. Out of the 26,143 vehicles inspected that had air-brakes with ABS, 8.3 percent were found to have ABS violations. For the17,857 trailers that needed ABS, 12.5 percent were found to have ABS violations. More than 5,300 trucks were inspected with hydraulic brake systems requiring ABS, and 4.4 percent were found to have ABS violations.

The CVSA runs brake safety inspections periodically to remove unsafe vehicles from the road and to draw attention to the issue of brake safety in commercial vehicles. A person who is injured in a truck crash caused by negligent maintenance might be entitled to recover for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law might, after a review of the maintenance logs, determine that the trucking company should bear the financial responsibility for those losses.

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