Poorly maintained truck brakes can pose a serious risk to the lives and well-being of others on the roads in Missouri. When a large truck crashes into smaller vehicles, the results can be catastrophic. That's why some safety advocates may bemoan the fact that over 14 percent of all inspected trucks were pulled off the road due to brake violations during an inspection spree in September 2018. The spree took place as part of Brake Safety Week, an annual initiative of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, up to 100,000 of the crashes reported annually nationwide are due at least in part to driver fatigue. Fatigue can contribute to accidents on Missouri highways; drivers should be aware of the risks. The National Safety Council has reported that 28 percent of single-vehicle commercial crashes and 13 percent of large truck crash deaths involve driver fatigue.
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.