Truckers in Florida have a duty to maintain their vehicles, and that includes their brakes. Good brakes keep a truck’s braking distance to a minimum, which lowers the risk for rear-end collisions, but unfortunately, many truckers are indifferent to this. Even fleet owners and mechanics do not emphasize it as much as they ought to, which is part of the reason why there is an annual inspection spree to ensure brake safety.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds this spree, called Brake Safety Week, once a year across North America, and it comprises random inspections of large trucks and other commercial motor vehicles. The 2019 Brake Safety Week has been scheduled to take place from September 15 to 21, and though it will cover every component, it will have a strong focus on brake hoses and tubing.
Hoses and tubing can become damaged, develop leaks, become inflexible or be improperly attached. In such cases, they compromise braking performance and may play an indirect role in an accident. Inspectors may also measure braking efficiency using performance-based brake testers, but this will only occur in the 14 jurisdictions that have these tools.
In 2018, the CVSA held a three-day inspection spree called the International Roadcheck. Drivers may be surprised to hear that 45% of all out-of-service violations involved the brakes.
When bad brakes or other signs of spotty maintenance are behind truck accidents, those who were hurt through no fault of their own may consider filing a claim. Under this state’s pure comparative negligence, one’s degree of fault will naturally lower the amount one can receive in damages. To ensure a fair amount, then, victims may hire a lawyer. The lawyer may, in turn, hire investigators to gather evidence before proceeding to the negotiation table or the courtroom.