The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance performed its International Roadcheck blitz of inspections. The blitz, which was held between June 5 and June 7, led to 67,502 inspections conducted on roadsides throughout West Virginia and the rest of North America. The majority of the inspections, 45,400, were categorized as Level I inspections.
According to the CVSA, 21.6 percent of trucks that went through Level I inspections were taken out of service, and 3.9 percent of drivers who went through Level I, II or III inspections were taken out of service. In total, 2,664 truck drivers were told to come off the road. The most common reason for truck driver out-of-service orders, responsible for 43.7 percent, was violation of hours of service limits. Having the wrong class license accounted for 21.4 percent of violations among drivers and having a false duty status record accounted for 10.1 percent.
Of the 11,897 vehicles that were taken out of service, 28.4 percent were the result of brake system violations. Tire and wheel violations accounted for 19.1 percent of out-of-service orders, and 16.3 percent of violations were due to brake adjustment. The total number of inspections conducted was higher in 2018 than it was for the CVSA Roadcheck in 2017, but fewer drivers and vehicles were placed out of service in 2018. The CVSA hopes its programs lead to fewer truck accidents due to driver error or failure to maintain equipment.
Someone who has been injured due to truck driver negligence might be entitled to obtain compensation for lost wages, medical expenses or other damages. A lawyer who practices personal injury law could help by examining the facts of the crash and identifying liable parties.