Truck accidents don’t always result from moving violations or distractions. Sometimes, mechanical problems factor collisions. Truck drivers and trucking companies benefit from taking steps to ensure a truck remains in proper operational condition. Unfortunately, trucks with mechanical issues and defects often find themselves traveling on New York roads. Hopefully, a high-profile inspection’s annual tradition will draw attention to maintenance’s role in safety. And perhaps the assessments will provide revelations to those needing them.
A special annual inspection arrives once again
Truck drivers and trucking companies should mark the dates coming up in May of 2021. The International Roadcheck inspection blitz takes place once again. During this year’s event, inspectors will focus on lighting systems and hours-of-service compliance. Issues with lighting systems could increase the potential for an accident. An inspection that uncovers problems could lead to a fix.
The inspection will look at other components on the trucks. All parts need to work the right way to maximize safety. Think about how much time and distance a truck needs to come to a complete stop when the brakes are in excellent condition. Imagine a semi-truck attempting to arrive at a complete stop when traveling at 65 mph on bad brakes.
Hours-of-service issues are critical, too. The Department of Transportation establishes clear rules on hours-of-service requirements. Drivers may violate those rules, which puts others at risk. The annual inspection may prompt some drivers to take the rules more seriously.
Negligence and legal issues related to truck safety
Truck drivers and employers may find themselves liable for accidents when allowing a poorly maintained vehicle to remain in operation. A massive truck unable to secure cargo could create a hazard on the road. The same could be true when the truck’s headlights suffer problems, or another mechanical issue arises.
If a truck causes an accident due to mechanical defects and blatant maintenance neglect, the results may be catastrophic. A truck’s size does increase the chances for fatal collisions.
Motor vehicle accidents involving trucks may lead to a complicated lawsuit or insurance claim. Seeking assistance from an attorney may be a wise step for victims.