Federal regulations require regular inspections and maintenance on all commercial trucks. Random roadside inspections performed while a driver is in transit improve truck safety and lower accident rates.
Random Roadside Inspections
In the United States, there are approximately two million tractor-trailers that travel on the highways each year to deliver goods from coast-to-coast. To increase safety and reduce serious trucking accidents that often result in catastrophic injury or death, tractor trailers are subject to both routine and random inspections.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires routine safety inspections and maintenance. While random roadside inspections are not mandatory, facts support that they improve trucking safety and prevent accidents. By law, all tractor trailers must pass routine mechanical inspections, but interim safety violations often occur when a trucker is on the road long distances and long hours. As mileage increases, parts wear out, equipment fails, and truck drivers often become careless with vehicle safety. Chicago truck accident lawyers handle many serious injury and fatality cases due to commercial truck crashes caused safety and maintenance problems.
Random roadside inspections are one way that safety officers monitor proper road safety for operating tractor trailers and 18-wheelers in transit. If trucks are found in violation of safety regulations during roadside inspections, they are taken out of service until the violation is corrected. When a truck is taken out of service due to safety violations, both the driver and the trucking company suffer consequences. The FMCSA monitors violations and issues fines when federal and state safety laws are violated.
No vehicle should be driven without ensuring safe driving conditions, but this is especially important for a fully-loaded tractor trailer or 18-wheeler weighing 80,000 pounds. When accidents occur with an 80,000-pound truck, truck accident lawyers commonly see life-altering injuries and deaths. Fully-loaded trucks traveling at high speeds often jackknife crushing other vehicles or rolling over on impact. Chicago truck accident lawyers see a large number of fatalities that result in wrongful death lawsuits.
In cases where a trucking accident is caused by failure to inspect and maintain the truck, the truck driver and/or the trucking company may be held liable for damages. Usually, the owner of the truck is responsible, but liability may be shared in some cases. If defective parts are responsible for the accident, liability may be assigned to the owner of the truck, as well as the manufacturer of the defective parts.