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Poorly maintained brakes are a roadway danger

People on the roads in Missouri may be troubled to learn that poorly maintained brakes are one of the top reasons that trucks are pulled out of service following inspections. Due to the size, mass and weight of large commercial trucks, an accident that involves these vehicles can easily lead to catastrophic injuries, permanent disabilities and even fatalities. Negligent maintenance of brakes can mean that a trucker is unable to stop his or her vehicle, especially in slippery, wet or emergency conditions, causing it to slam into other cars, properties or even pedestrians.

In response to this danger, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts an annual Brake Safety Week for enhanced inspection of trucks on the road in an attempt to cut down on the number of truck crashes caused by negligent equipment maintenance. During 2018, the event will take place from September 16 to 22. While the brake initiative was reduced to a one-day event in 2017, it was expanded once more to a week after 14 percent of all of the trucks inspected on that day had to be removed from the roads due to violations of brake safety regulations.

During the event, an increased number of truck inspections will be conducted. Inspectors will keep a close eye out for brake violations while conducting comprehensive Level I safety inspections. In particular, they will look for damaged or absent brake parts; worn rotors, pads, drums, and linings; mismatched or damaged air chambers and reservoirs; defective and damaged rotors; leaking hydraulic fluid and air; missing brake warning devices; and other damaged components.

When trucks are not maintained according to proper regulations and safety standards, the consequences for others on the roads can be severe and life-changing. A personal injury lawyer can help people injured in truck accidents that were caused by poorly maintained equipment pursue compensation for the damages they incurred, including pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills.

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