Commercial truckers in Wyoming and the rest of the U.S. are required to keep well-maintained vehicles. Federal regulations exist to ensure that truck components do not malfunction and become the indirect cause of an accident. As part of Operation Airbrake Program, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds a brake inspection spree every year called Brake Safety Week. The goal is to enforce regulations and reduce accident numbers.
During Brake Safety Week, inspectors in both the U.S. and Canada stop commercial trucks at random to check for any brake-related violations. Truckers who are guilty of such violations may be placed out of service. The rest receive a CVSA decal on their vehicle to show that they passed.
This inspection spree has been scheduled to take place from September 15 to 21, 2019. The focus will be on brake hoses and tubes, so even those who regularly maintain their trucks will want to double-check these components. They should be properly attached, flexible to a certain extent and free of leaks or other signs of wear and tear.
Brake-related violations are all too common. During the CVSA's International Roadcheck for 2018, more than 4,500 trucks were put out of service for brake-related violations. That came to 45% of the total number of out-of-service violations.
In this state, victims of a truck crash may be able to file a personal injury claim as long as they are deemed 50% or less at fault. They have four years from the date of the crash to file. With a lawyer, they may show how the trucker violated regulations or was negligent in some other way. They may even have their lawyer speak on their behalf at the negotiation table or in the courtroom. A successful claim might cover medical expenses, lost wages and more.