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Vehicles fail surprise CVSA brake inspection

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance checked brakes on 6,337 vehicles around the country and in Canada on May 6, resulting in more than 14 percent of those inspected being taken out of service. Nine percent of the trucks were taken out of service for brake adjustment violations, compared to 9.5 percent last year. Nearly 8 percent had brake component violations, compared to 8.5 percent last year. The overall rate was a slight improvement from last year's inspection. Brake failures are a cause of injury and death in Ohio and in other states every year.

The inspection was part of CVSA's Operation Airbrake program. More than 50,000 wheel ends were checked during the event. Brakes with manual adjusters were 2.5 times more likely to be out of alignment than brakes with self-adjusting mechanisms. The one-day event is designed to increase awareness about brake safety.

Badly maintained brakes can cause accidents that lead to catastrophic injuries and death. This type of accident is often preventable. Commercial vehicle drivers and their employers are expected to check and maintain their safety equipment to ensure that the vehicle is safe to drive at all times. A failure to do so could lead them open to liability in the event poor maintenance leads to an injury accident.

A trucking accident victim may incur medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and other expenses. An injured victim may want to consult with a personal injury attorney to see if there are ways to receive compensation for those losses. Legal counsel might look at the accident investigation report and vehicle maintenance records in determining who should bear responsibility.

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