Commercial-sized trucks cause a lot of damage when they are involved in a motor vehicle accident. Because of this, it is critical that every truck on the road meets specific safety requirements. Those that do not should be taken off the road immediately.
In an effort to ensure truckers and trucking companies are in compliance with the various safety measures in place, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance routinely conducts inspection blitzes. While this year's blitz will not take place for a few more months, it is a good time to talk about the problems inspectors will be looking for because trucks and truckers not yet in compliance can pose a threat to every motorist on the road.
One element that inspectors will pay special attention to in the upcoming blitz is securing of cargo. Cargo and equipment must be secured properly and immobile, and tie-downs are required to be in good condition and appropriately tightened.
Cargo that is not properly secured or loaded can cause serious issues. Any shifting or imbalance can make it difficult or impossible to maintain control of the vehicle under certain conditions. If it spills or comes loose, the cargo could endanger the lives of others, especially if it is hazardous substance.
While cargo securement is going to be a high priority for inspectors, they will also be inspecting several other elements of a truck and the driver during the blitz. This includes driver documentation and licensing, lights, windshield wipers, wheels, axles, hoses and brake systems.
If any of these elements are not up to the required standards, the truck can be ordered off the road.
However, many trucks will not be inspected in time to prevent an accident. These dangerous trucks and unsafe drivers can be operating in the lane right next to you as you drive to work or run your errands. In the event that you or a loved one is injured in an accident with a truck, it is critical that an investigation be conducted to identify any non-compliant factors that could have contributed to the accident.