Inspecting and maintaining their rig is part of the daily work of a truck driver, and that includes the brake system. Yet truckers in Kentucky and throughout the country continue to neglect the brakes, sometimes resulting in collisions. Brake safety is so important that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has designated August as Brake Safety Awareness Month.

CVSA to hold a brake inspection spree

To curb the number of brake-related violations, the CVSA holds an annual inspection spree called Brake Safety Week. Inspectors are out in full force during this spree and can inspect any truck that already seems to exhibit problems. Trucks with brakes that don’t meet regulations are placed out of service.

The CVSA will hold its 2020 Brake Safety Week from August 23 to 29. The emphasis will be on brake hoses and tubing; these should not be leaking, damaged, inflexible or attached in an improper manner. To give an idea of how many trucks receive an OOS order, the 2019 Brake Safety Week resulted in such an order for 13.5% of all inspected trucks.

Knowing which truck fleets are the safest

A truck fleet’s attitude toward safety can largely influence the employees’ behaviors. Truckers should know that the Truckload Carriers Association holds an annual “Best Fleets to Drive For” contest to determine what fleets excel in terms of safety, benefits, innovation and so on.

Legal representation for truck crash victims

A truck driver with a poorly maintained rig may have caused the crash that led to serious injuries for you and the other occupants in your vehicle. Many truck accidents, even in a no-fault state like Kentucky, can open the way for a third-party claim, so you may want a lawyer to assess your situation and see if you might be able to obtain the compensation you deserve. The lawyer may assist with negotiations and more.