The 2018 International Roadcheck has been slated for June 5 to 7, so commercial truck drivers and bus drivers in Wyoming will want to make sure they’re compliant with all vehicle- and driver-related safety guidelines. This annual event, conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, is a commercial truck and bus inspection spree that takes place across North America.
In last year’s International Roadcheck, over 63,000 vehicles were inspected, which amounts to an average of 15 every minute. Out of that number, approximately 15,000 drivers were issued out-of-service orders: 12,000 for vehicle-related violations and 3,000 for driver-related violations. The top reasons why the drivers were put out of service were hours-of-service violations and brake-related non-compliance.
The CVSA has stated that this year’s event will focus on hours-of-service compliance because the advent of electronic logging devices has made compliance more important. In December 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation mandated that all commercial trucks install ELDs; hard enforcement of the rule begins in April. With ELDs replacing paper logs, truckers cannot falsify their hours of service.
The CVSA will be conducting full Level I inspections on most vehicles this year. These are the most thorough because they inspect for both driver- and vehicle-related violations.
At times, truckers may violate the hours-of-service regulation by working overtime. The resulting fatigue that they feel can increase their risk for a trucking accident. In such cases, victims may be eligible for compensatory damages as long as they have evidence of the trucker’s negligence. This is where a lawyer may come in and gather that proof with the help of investigators. Accident attorneys may handle wrongful death suits as well, but it must be shown that the decedent did not contribute to the accident; otherwise, the claim may be void. Attorneys may also be able to negotiate on the client’s behalf for the settlement.