Regulatory standards strive to keep commercial vehicles operating safely in Missouri and around the country. To promote compliance, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance organizes national inspection events like the International Roadcheck, a 3-day inspection spree that took place in June. The event resulted in 67,502 roadside inspections and citations that removed 11,897 vehicles from service for noncompliance.

The top three reasons that forced commercial vehicles out of service arose from problems that could impede braking. At number one, failing braking systems formed 28.4 percent of out-of-service violations. Next came problems with tires and wheels at 19.1 percent. Improperly adjusted brakes accounted for the third most common violation at 16.3 percent of citations.

Truckers also came under scrutiny at this year’s Roadcheck where inspectors made hours-of-service regulations a priority. Citations took 2,664 drivers out of service during the three-day period. Among the sidelined drivers, 43.7 percent of them had violated hours-of-service rules or record keeping requirements.

Issues related to truck maintenance or driver performance could become pertinent in big rig accident litigation. A person who suffered serious injuries due to a truck driver’s error or a trucking company’s insufficient maintenance might recover financial damages for lost income and medical bills. An attorney could manage an investigation of the accident to gather evidence about problems like overdue brake maintenance or truck driver fatigue. This information could strengthen a personal injury lawsuit. Sometimes, an attorney might secure a settlement through negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company, but if the amount offered is insufficient, it might be necessary to go to court.