Every year for three days, inspectors certified by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, together with local law enforcement officers, conduct an inspection spree of commercial motor vehicles, especially big rigs, with the goal of encouraging compliance with federal safety regulations. Truckers in Virginia are probably familiar with this spree; it is called the International Roadcheck.
The CVSA has announced that 2020’s International Roadcheck will take place from May 5 to 7. As with previous roadchecks, the majority of inspections will be Level I inspections. These 37-point inspections, the most comprehensive there are, cover virtually every truck component and driver requirement. Inspectors will check the truck’s braking system, fuel system, tires, suspension, steering, lights and much more.
It is the driver requirements, though, that will take center stage for 2020. Inspectors will be ensuring that drivers have the right class license, records of duty status and any necessary medical cards. They will additionally check that drivers are not neglecting their seat belt or going against the regulations for electronic logging devices.
More than 12,000 trucks and 2,700 drivers were put out of service for critical violations during the 2019 International Roadcheck. Of those driver-related violations, 1,179 had to do with hours-of-service regulations, 714 with having the wrong class license and 467 with falsifying work logs.
If truckers upheld federal regulations, they would keep themselves and others safe on the road. All too often, though, they cause accidents through their negligence. Other times, a crash can be the result of truck manufacturers installing a defective part or cargo loaders improperly loading a truck. The injured party may file a claim against whomever was responsible and, if successful, be compensated for losses like medical expenses and pain and suffering. Before filing, it may be wise to have a lawyer provide a case assessment.