Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: “Operation Airbrake”September 6, 2016
In an effort to improve commercial vehicle brake safety and reduce the number of truck accidents associated with faulty brakes, the Commercial Vehicle and Safety Alliance (CVSA) created “Operation Airbrake.” In an unannounced, single-day inspection conducted in locations across the country, brake violations led to the removal of approximately 760 commercial trucks from service, Baltimore truck accident lawyers report.
On May 4, 2016, CVSA-certified inspectors evaluated over 6,000 trucks and buses. During the roadside inspections, drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and other truck operators were also educated on how to properly inspect, maintain, and operate their brakes. As part of the inspection, over 12 percent of the vehicles were taken out of service for brake violations, and close to 14 percent were removed for non-brake violations.
According to the CVSA, the majority of the CMVs were equipped with anti-lock brakes, based on the date they were manufactured. Approximately nine and a half of the trucks with air brakes had ABS-related violations and close to ten percent of hydraulic-braked trucks had ABS-related violations. Of the 55 buses and motor coaches inspected, none had violations.
Because larger vehicles need more road space to come to a complete stop than smaller vehicles, it is crucial that a big rig’s brakes be in top working order. When brakes are not installed properly or are not well maintained, it can have a negative impact on the braking capacity, leading to potentially serious truck accidents. Out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations are responsible for 50 percent of out-of-service violations given in commercial motor vehicle inspections on the road.
Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured Due to Faulty Brakes
If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck with faulty brakes, you are urged to contact the dedicated, experienced Baltimore truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our dedicated team will investigate the truck company’s role in the accident, and whether they were negligent in maintaining the brakes in all of their trucks. We will pursue the maximum financial compensation for your injuries so that you can focus on your recovery. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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