Approximately 3.6 million roadside inspections were carried out in 2011, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA). A combined more than 14,000 safety investigators and local police officers inspected the mechanical and safety components of millions of tractors, trailers, trucks and buses, and checked the state of about 1.1 million truck drivers. More than 60% of inspections resulted in violations.
More than 3,600 people were killed in a truck-involved collision in 2010. FMCSA data shows that less than 550 of these casualties were the drivers of the truck. Each year here in Connecticut, according to the CT Department of Transportation (CTDOT) an average 11 – 12 people are killed in a tractor-trailer involved crash, and nearly 700 injured in more than 2,300 accidents. Nearly 60% of the tractor-trailers involved in these auto accidents were interstate truckers. Some of these accidents could have been prevented if the large truck had undergone a roadside inspection.
The FMCSA defines a roadside inspection as an “examination of individual commercial motor vehicles and/or drivers by an authorized safety inspector”. There are several safety elements that will be analyzed during an inspection and drivers and trucking companies may be reported and fined for a variety of violations. According to the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), more than 20% of commercial vehicles inspected are taken out of service in a given year.
These inspections are an important component in the country’s road safety program. Unfortunately, some trucks will go uninspected, and many truckers or the companies they contract with choose to ignore violations and continue operating vehicles in an unsafe manner.
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What is Examined in an Inspection?
There are a few types of inspection a large truck may be subjected to, but the most common is a standard inspection.
The items examined in a North America Standard inspection include:
- Driver’s CDL License
- Driver’s Record of Duty
- Hours-of-Service Records
- Safety Belts
- Brake Systems
- Exhaust Systems
- Lamps and Signals
- Vehicle Suspension
- …and other items
In addition, a walk-around inspection may be performed. This involves a full walk around the vehicle the inspector conducts with the driver. The inspector will often use a telescoping mirror to inspect the undercarriage of the truck. If required, further inspections of the driver and vehicle can be done in isolation. Any of these types of inspections can lead to a citation.
Citations given at roadside inspections are not meant to be ignored. If you have been involved in a truck collision and suffered injuries, it is recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced attorney.
Common Violations Issued at Roadside Inspection
There are several ways a commercial motor vehicle or trucker can receive a citation. These violations can fall under one or more of 7 BASICs, or Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories set by the FMCSA.
The BASICs include:
- Unsafe Driving
- Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service)
- Driver Fitness
- Controlled Substances and Alcohol
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Cargo-Related (including Hazardous Materials and Overloaded Trucks)
- Crash Indicator
When a vehicle presents for an inspection, the safety investigator will review the driver’s and motor carrier’s violation history. This is all done through the Safety Measurement System (SMS), an operational model used by the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) division of the FMCSA.
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While the CSA and FMCSA will continue to make strides to improve truck safety, the majority of responsibility lies with motor carriers and truckers themselves. As truck drivers and the companies they contract with continue to disregard regulations and violations, commercial vehicle accidents will continue to plague our roads.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we understand how devastating these types of truck accidents can be to a victim’s family. If negligence was the cause for your injuries, we can help determine the most appropriate course of action in your case. We believe that truckers who fail to follow regulations should be held accountable for their actions.
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