The International Roadcheck is an annual inspection spree that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts across North America, and its purpose is to ensure that commercial truck drivers and bus drivers comply with safety regulations. Truckers in California should know that this year’s roadcheck will take place during the 72-hour period from June 5 to June 7.
In last year’s event, an average of 15 trucks and buses were stopped and inspected every minute across the continent. Inspectors conducted over 63,000 inspections in 2017 and issued 15,000 out-of-service orders for both vehicle-related violations (12,000 orders) and driver negligence (3,000 orders). Among the top issues then were brake compliance issues and hours-of-service violations.
Hours-of-service violations are the main focus of 2018’s International Roadcheck. The electronic logging device mandate that was instituted by the U.S. DoT back in December 2018, while not changing hours-of-service regulations, has put a spotlight on them. It is by now well known that ELDs, unlike paper logs, will prevent truckers from falsifying their duty hours. The devices allow inspectors to more easily spot violations in this area.
Inspectors will be conducting Level I inspections. These encompass both driver- and vehicle-related violations and are considered the most thorough inspection possible.
Truckers often exceed the regulated number of service hours per day in order to meet deadlines. This increases their risk for drowsy driving: a negligent act that can cause them to crash. Victims of tractor-trailer accidents who were injured through no fault of their own could file a claim against the responsible driver’s trucking company; this, however, may require the assistance of a lawyer.
Accident lawyers may assess the claim, ensure that there was no contributory negligence, and hire investigators to gather evidence against the defendant. They might negotiate for a settlement covering vehicle damage, medical bills, and so on, litigating as a last resort.