Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance designates a 72-hour period for a nationwide inspection spree in order to enforce commercial truck and bus safety compliance. This year, the International Roadcheck has been scheduled for June 5 through June 7. Truckers in Texas will want to be prepared because an average of 15 commercial vehicles are inspected each minute across the U.S. during the Roadcheck.
Inspectors will be performing Level I inspections on all rigs. As the most thorough inspection level, it will check for driver compliance as well as vehicle-related violations, including issues with cargo securement and truck maintenance. However, the CVSA will be focusing on hours-of-service compliance for 2018.
While the U.S. DOT's mandate that all trucks install electronic logging devices did not change the hours-of-service regulations, it has placed a spotlight on these violations. Hours-of-service violations were, in fact, the biggest issue in last year's International Roadcheck. Roughly 63,000 inspections were conducted during the 2017 International Roadcheck. Out of the 15,000-plus out-of-service orders that were issued, 12,000 were reportedly for vehicle-related violations and 3,000 were due to driver-related violations. The second most widespread issue after hours-of-service violations was brake-related violations.
Trucker fatigue is a long-standing problem as many drivers overwork themselves in order to meet deadlines. When fatigue is to blame for a motor vehicle accident, victims may have the grounds for a claim that reimburses them for medical bills, vehicle repair costs and more. To help ensure a fair settlement, the victim could hire an accident attorney. A lawyer can bring in investigators to find proof of the truck driver's negligence.