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Brake inspection for truck drivers set for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be conducting a nationwide brake inspection spree for the week of September 16 to 22, so commercial truck drivers in Ohio will want to make sure that their brakes are properly functioning. The CVSA stresses the importance of brakes in providing efficient braking and in maintaining public safety on the roads.

Brake Safety Week is just one of many inspection sprees held by the CVSA, but brake violations are frequently cited in all of these sprees. For instance, the International Roadcheck, a three-day spree that occurred in early June, led to many out-of-service orders for brake violations. During last year's brake inspection blitz, which lasted one day rather than one week, 14 percent of truckers who were pulled over were put out of service for violations.

The CVSA has stated that it will be conducting mostly Level I inspections; these are the most thorough inspections possible. Some of the issues that it will be looking for are worn-out linings, pads and drums; defective rotors; loose parts; and mismatched air chamber sizes. They will also measure pushrod length and ensure that truckers have the required brake-system warning devices.

Operation Safe Driver week, which will take place July 15 to 21, also affects commercial truckers. The CVSA will check for driver-related violations like speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Failure to maintain brakes is a sign of negligence, so when it contributes to a truck accident, the victim could have strong grounds for a claim. It will likely take a lawyer and his or her team of professionals, though, to prove the trucker's negligence. Victims might have their lawyer negotiate for an informal settlement with the trucking company's own legal representatives. Should they propose a low settlement, the lawyer may decide to take the case to court.

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