Truck and bus drivers in Georgia will want to make sure that they and their vehicles comply with federal regulations because the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its International Roadcheck from June 4 to 6. Inspectors across the nation will be pulling over CMVs at random to conduct mostly Level I inspections. These are the most comprehensive inspections, covering both driver and vehicle compliance.
Drivers will most likely be asked to provide their CDLs, Medical Examiner's Certificates and work logs. Their trucks will have the brakes, steering, tires, wheels, lights and cargo securement straps and chains inspected. Emphasis will be placed on steering and suspension because these are critical in carrying the heavy load of CMVs, maintaining stability during braking and acceleration and keeping the tires aligned. Proper alignment also ensures that the tires wear evenly, reducing the chances of tire failure.
Inspectors will issue out-of-service orders for non-compliance. During the 2018 International Roadcheck, inspectors put nearly 12,000 vehicles and 2,600 drivers out of service. The top vehicle violations involved brakes, tires/wheels and brake adjustment. For drivers, the top violations were failing to comply with hours-of-service regulations, having the wrong class license and falsified logs.
On average, around 17 vehicles are inspected during every minute of the International Roadcheck. Apart from frequency, the inspections do not differ from other CVSA inspections.
When negligence is behind an 18-wheeler accident, legal action may be warranted. Such accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and the need for lifelong medical care, but it's possible to get compensation for these and other losses. After the necessary proof has been gathered, the lawyer may assist with the negotiating of a settlement and, as a last resort, with litigation.