The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be conducting roadside inspections throughout Texas and the rest of the U.S. during Brake Safety Week. This yearly event has been scheduled for Sept. 16-22 and will cover all commercial motor vehicles, including big rigs, buses and work vans. Drivers will want to ensure that their brake systems are properly installed and routinely maintained; that way, they keep themselves and others safe.
It's especially important for large trucks to be free of brake problems. Over 32 percent of large trucks with pre-collision violations had braking issues, according to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study. This study, conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, also found that trucks were 50 percent more likely to have brake violations after a brake-critical crash than after a crash where braking capacity was secondary.
CVSA-certified personnel will be conducting mostly Level I inspections, which mean that they will be checking for both driver- and truck-related violations. They will check for loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, defective rotors and worn-out linings and pads. They will also inspect pushrod lengths, the integrity of the air reservoirs and much more.
In jurisdictions where performance-based brake testing tools are used, inspectors will test braking efficiency. In all, the Level I inspections have 37 steps to ensure comprehensive results.
Bad brakes can result in rear-end collisions. Not only that, a victim may file a personal injury claim if they believe the other driver was negligent. To know for certain, the victim can have an accident attorney evaluate their case. The attorney could utilize a network of professionals to strengthen the case with evidence before going on to the negotiation stage.