The 2018 International Roadcheck took place between June 5 and 7. Truckers and truck fleet owners throughout Florida and the rest of North America were potentially subject to the annual inspection spree, which was conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
More than 67,500 commercial vehicles were inspected during the International Roadcheck. Out of that number, exactly 11,897 trucks and buses and 2,664 drivers were put out of service. About 45,400 of the inspections were Level I inspections — the most comprehensive ones possible. Roughly 22 percent of these Level I inspections resulted in a vehicle’s out-of-service order, and 3.9 percent of Level I, II and III inspections resulted in such an order for the driver. About 44 percent of all driver out-of-service orders involved violations of the hours-of-service regulations. HOS compliance was, incidentally, the focus of the 2018 Roadcheck. On the other hand, less than 2 percent of drivers’ out-of-service orders were for HOS violations.
After HOS violations, the three most frequent out-of-service violations were for brake systems, tires and wheels and brake adjustment. Drivers were also found having the wrong class of license and falsifying records of duty status. Overall, less out-of-service orders were issued in 2018 than in 2017 even though the number of inspections actually went up.
Someone who has been injured through the negligence of a commercial driver may file a claim against the trucking company. If successful, they could be compensated for their medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle damage and other losses. However, the trucking company’s legal team will do everything possible to deny the claim or get the victim to settle for a low amount. This is why having a lawyer on one’s side is important. A victim can start by scheduling a case evaluation with a lawyer.