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Cargo safety the focus of 2017 International Roadcheck

Tractor-trailer inspectors will be busy in Missouri and across the country for 72 hours beginning on June 6 during the International Roadcheck safety initiative organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. More than 60,000 semi-tractor trailers were inspected during the event in 2016, and CVSA says that truck drivers can expect the same sort of scrutiny this year.

The organization reports that 21.5 percent of the trucks inspected in 2016 were ordered off the road after safety issues were discovered during rigorous inspections that look at both vehicles and their drivers. Most of the trucks pulled over during the upcoming safety effort will be subjected to North American Standard Level I inspections, and CVSA announced on March 13 that inspectors this year will be paying particular attention to how well cargo has been secured. During 2016's International Roadcheck, inspectors addressed tire safety.

CVSA has produced a flier for truck drivers who hope to avoid citations, and it urges them to check their loads carefully and inspect all cargo tie-downs for indications of wear or damage. While one of the primary aims of the campaign is to remove unsafe commercial vehicles from service, CVSA will also be supporting efforts designed to educate truck drivers about safety issues and regulatory compliance.

The results can be catastrophic when shifting loads cause tractor-trailers to become unstable at high speeds, and experienced personal injury attorneys may file claims against the negligent parties responsible when this type of truck accident could have been prevented. Commercial trucking companies are required to properly maintain their fleets and make sure that drivers are adequately trained. If they fail to do so and damage, injury or death results from their negligence, they may face both criminal and civil sanctions.

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