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CVSA's 72-hour roadcheck to focus on steering, suspension

Once a year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds an inspection spree called the International Roadcheck as a way to enforce compliance with federal CMV regulations. In 2019, the Roadcheck is to be held from June 4 to 6. Truck and bus drivers in Ohio may find themselves being pulled over at random for an inspection during that time. They should know that the majority will be Level I inspections, which are the most comprehensive.

To check for driver compliance, inspectors will ask to see driver CDLs, Medical Examiner's Certificates, work logs and other documents. To check for vehicle compliance, they will inspect numerous components, including the brakes, tires and wheels, lights and cargo securement straps and chains.

For this year, the main focus will be on steering and suspension. If these are not maintained, carrying heavy loads will be dangerous. Steering and suspension are essential to wheel alignment, which in turn helps keep the tires from developing uneven wear. This also maximizes contact between the rubber and the road.

On average, 17 vehicles are checked every minute during the three-day blitz. The 2018 inspection resulted in out-of-service orders for nearly 12,000 vehicles and 2,600 drivers, the top reasons being brake violations and hours-of-service violations, respectively.

While federal trucking regulations help prevent many accidents, they do not prevent all forms of negligence. A distracted truck driver, for instance, may cause a serious wreck. Phone use often goes together with rear-end accidents. Someone who has been injured through little or no fault of their own may have good reason to file a claim against the trucking company. Since trucking companies can be aggressive in denying payment, though, a victim may want a lawyer by their side. If a settlement cannot be achieved, the lawyer may litigate.

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