Truckers in Florida and across the country might want to get ready for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week, which is coming up in September. The CVSA announced that the event for 2018 will be held from Sept. 16-22. It will mark a return to a full week dedicated to the event after it had been only held for one day last year.
Brake Safety Week will include an inspection blitz that involves full Level I inspections. Brake component inspectors will pay close attention to many issues, including loose parts, fluid leaks, mismatched air chamber sizes, worn pads and defective rotors. Inspectors will also check for required brake warning devices.
During last year’s one-day inspection blitz, 14 percent of trucks inspected were placed out of service due to brake violations. In the annual Roadcheck inspection event, which took place in June this year, brake issues usually comprise the largest percentage of out-of-service violations.
Unfortunately, truck accidents can cause major harm to passengers of other vehicles, pedestrians and bystanders. When someone is seriously hurt in an accident that involves a commercial truck, a personal injury claim may be warranted. A victim could receive a settlement offer from the trucking company or insurance agency. Such an offer could cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. However, insurance agencies often try to shortchange victims. A lawyer with experience in personal injury cases could look out for the best interests of the victim and fight for a fair settlement.