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Violations place trucks and drivers out of service

The numbers are in following the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual 72-hour International Roadcheck campaign that was conducted in June 2016. Motorists in Connecticut and around the country may be interested in knowing that 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers were placed out of service as a result. The information was released on Oct. 20 by the CVSA, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the improvement of commercial vehicle safety. According to the report, 42,236 of the 62,796 inspections that were performed during the event were North American Standard Level I inspections.

Level I inspections are the most comprehensive of the seven levels of CVSA inspections, and both drivers and vehicles are evaluated during the process. In the final analysis, the number of total inspections and Level I inspections in 2016 were both down from 2015, which saw 21.6 percent of vehicles and 3.6 percent of drivers that received Level I inspections placed out-of-service.

In 2016, Roadcheck's raw numbers for out-of-service placement represented 21.5 percent of the trucks that were inspected and 3.4 percent of the drivers. The top vehicle violations involved brake system conditions and brake adjustment, while for drivers, the top out-of-service violations concerned hours of service and false logs.

Although the campaign is designed to ensure that commercial vehicles are operating in a safe manner, it is apparent from the number of violations cited that problems remain. People who are seriously injured in a trucking accident that was caused by a negligent truck driver or negligent maintenance by the company may want to meet with an attorney to see what recourse exists for seeking compensation for their losses.

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