Many Trucks Found With Faulty Brakes
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance introduced Brake Safety Day on May 15, 2019. On this unpublicized day, the CVSA partnered with local law enforcement across 45 states and 10 Canadian provinces to conduct random inspections of commercial transportation vehicles.
The overall goal of this event is to prevent dangerous commercial vehicles from hitting the roadways and to improve motor vehicle brake safety in greater North America. It is the hope that this will continue in order to prevent serious collisions on roadways across the continent.
Some of the Issues Found
On Brake Safety Day, the CVSA conducted more than 10,000 inspections on commercial transportation vehicles. These inspections found many instances of faulty brakes. In fact, nearly 1 in every 6 truckers were cited for brake violations, resulting in their vehicles being taken out of service until these issues were mitigated.
More than 16 percent of trucks were cited with brake violations, with the most common kinds of issues including:
- Worn rubber or thermoplastic hoses
- Violations concerning the assembly or fitting of these parts
- Recourse following an accident caused by brake failure
When you are involved in a crash with a large commercial vehicle, it can often result in severe injuries. In comparison to lighters vehicles that use hydraulic brake systems, commercial vehicles use air brake systems. These systems are much more complex, made of multiple parts that are prone to malfunction or failure.
Seeking Compensation for Damages
If you are involved in a crash caused by faulty brakes, you may experience difficulty when assigning blame for the incident, or if multiple parties may be responsible. It is possible that the vehicle’s brakes were not properly inspected. The truck could have been carrying too much cargo, or loaded improperly, resulting in the brakes malfunctioning. There could have even been errors when the brakes were manufactured or installed.
These variables and more can make the situation seem overwhelming to crash victims who are just trying to file a claim for damages. In these cases, an experienced New Mexico trucking injury lawyer can be helpful. Your legal representative can help you make sense of it all and pursue your deserved compensation.
Trucking Accidents in New Mexico
We’ve all felt a sense of anxiety when passing large 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles on the highway. That is because these vehicles have the potential to cause serious damages in the event of a crash. In fact, being involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler is probably one of the worst things that can happen on the road.
In 2017, more than 4,000 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks. A majority of these deaths involved passengers outside of the truck. Injured victims may be able to recover compensation by calling a New Mexico trucking injury attorney.
At Will Ferguson & Associates, we believe in helping those unfairly injured in a crash. We can help you obtain a settlement worthy of your injuries. Call us today at (505) 243-5566 to discuss your case.