The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will have its annual International Roadcheck from June 4 to 6. Therefore, commercial motor vehicle drivers in Ohio will want to make sure they comply with federal regulations. The majority of inspections will be Level I, which covers both vehicle and driver compliance.
Drivers will be asked to provide documents like their CDLs, Medical Examiner’s Certificates and work logs. Inspectors will also check tires, wheels, brakes, lights and cargo securement devices. Steering and suspension safety will be emphasized because of the role these components play in supporting heavy loads and maintaining control and stability during braking and acceleration. They also prevent uneven tire wear and, with it, tire failure.
Those who pass the inspection will have this indicated by a CVSA decal. On the other hand, those who fail will get out-of-service orders. In 2018, the International Roadcheck resulted in nearly 12,000 vehicles being issued out-of-service orders. These were mostly for brake, tire/wheel and brake adjustment violations. As for drivers, 2,600 were put out of service, mostly for violating hours-of-service regulations, having the wrong class license or falsifying logs.
An average of 17 vehicles were inspected every minute during the 2018 inspection spree. However, nothing about the inspections themselves will be any different from what the CVSA normally conducts.
An individual who has been hurt in a truck accident may want to consult with an attorney about filing a lawsuit against the trucking company. Third-party investigators may look into the matter and find evidence of negligence, such as HOS violations or poorly maintained truck parts. The attorney could negotiate for a fair settlement, sidestepping the aggressive tactics of the trucking company’s legal team. If litigation becomes necessary, the attorney may handle it.