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Trucks taken off the road due to brake violations

Ohio motorists have good reason to be worried about truck crashes. When a motor vehicle accident involves a large semi truck, occupants of other vehicles are at a heightened risk of serious injuries. When trucks are unsafe, it can make them difficult to control and lead to devastating results. This is one reason why the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance runs the International Roadcheck program, a series ofinspections that seek to discover safety problems in commercial trucks on North American roads. Over the summer, almost 12,000 trucks and buses were taken out of service due to safety violations discovered in these types of CVSA inspections.

During the campaign, 11,897 large vehicles and 2,664 drivers were taken off the road due to safety problems; they were detected amid 67,502 inspections carried out over a three-day period. Of these, 45,400 were Level I inspections. Of the trucks subject to a Level I inspection, over one-fifth were removed from service. While the focus of the inspections was on hours of service violations, only a small number of drivers were cited for violating these regulations. However, 28.4 percent of the problems found concerned trucks' braking systems, essential to avoiding severe truck accidents.

Given the high number of brake safety violations, CVSA is holding its annual Brake Safety Week inspection blitz in September. Once again, a large-scale inspection campaign will focus on safety violations involving truck and bus brakes, especially given the dangerous consequences of improperly functioning or poorly maintained brakes.

Whether caused by truck driver fatigue, improper maintenance or another type of negligence, truck crashes can cause a great deal of harm. People who have been injured in one might find it advisable to have a lawyer's help in seeking appropriate compensation for their medical expenses and other losses.

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