Commercial vehicle drivers in West Virginia, including truck and bus drivers, should know that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding its 2019 International Roadcheck from June 4 to 6. During this annual event, CMV drivers across the U.S. will be subject to random inspections. Most of the inspections this time will be Level I inspections, which are the most comprehensive.
The CVSA is focusing on steering and suspension safety because these, if properly maintained, are what help maintain stability and control when a commercial vehicle brakes and accelerates. They keep the tires in alignment, which in turn reduces the amount of uneven tire wear and the chances of tire failure.
Besides steering and suspension, inspectors will be checking the wheels, tires, lights, brakes and cargo securement devices. Drivers will also be asked to provide their CDLs, Medical Examiner's Certificates and work logs, among other things. Level I inspections cover both vehicle and driver violations.
An average of 17 vehicles across the U.S. are inspected every minute of the three-day spree. The 2018 International Roadcheck resulted in nearly 12,000 CMVs and 2,600 drivers being put out of service. Brake and tire/wheel violations were the top factors in vehicle out-of-service orders while hours-of-service violations were the top factor in driver out-of-service orders.
Improper truck maintenance and HOS violations are behind many truck crashes. Whether the trucker or the employer is to blame, someone who is injured in such a crash through no fault of their own may be able to file a claim against the trucking company. Compensation could cover medical bills, lost wages, vehicle damage and physical and emotional trauma. A lawyer may negotiate on the victim's behalf for a settlement.