Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds a weeklong brake inspection spree in Ohio and across the U.S. For 2019, Brake Safety Week has been scheduled for September 15 to 21. Roadside inspectors will be stopping commercial motor vehicles at random in the effort to enforce federal brake safety regulations.

The special focus of the 2019 inspection spree is on brake hoses and tubing. These components must be attached the right way, be without leaks and have a certain amount of flexibility; otherwise, they will cause problems with braking. The reason for an inspection spree centered on brakes is clear when one considers some statistics.

In its 2018 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that brake-related violations were involved in six out of the 20 most frequently reported vehicle citations in 2018. During the 2018 International Roadcheck, a three-day inspection spree held by the CVSA, brake violations were behind 45% of all the out-of-service violations issued.

During Brake Safety Week, law enforcement officials will be reaching out to drivers, motor carriers, owner-operators, mechanics and others to raise awareness of the importance of regular brake inspections. Checking braking systems is, after all, part of the North American Standard Inspection Program.

When trucks with faulty brakes cause a motor vehicle accident, an injured victim may be able to file a claim against the trucking company. This is where legal representation may be of benefit. Personal injury lawyers usually have a network of third parties who can help build up a case. Legal counsel can also normally negotiate for a settlement, provided that the other side is willing. Victims may litigate if negotiations fail.