In the time period from 2004 to 2009, the United States Department of Transportation reported taking 4,026 trucks out of service during roadside truck inspections.
Roadside inspections are intended to provide on the spot checkups to commercial vehicles and their operators. These inspections ensure that the vehicle and driver are in compliance with all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or Hazardous Materials Regulations. In the case that a serious violation is detected, the driver will be issued an out of service order, which the driver must fix before returning back to service.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident due to a truck that was not in compliance with all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or Hazardous Material Regulations, you may be entitled compensation for your losses and damages including; loss of wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.
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Roadside Truck Inspection Types
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, who is responsible for administering and enforcing motor vehicle safety laws and regulations, has set six different levels of roadside truck inspections. These inspections are intended to keep both truck drivers and other drivers on our roadways and highways safe.
The levels of inspections include:
- Level 1 This includes the examination of documents required for the driver to carry along with a detailed vehicle inspection.
- Level 2 This includes the examination of the drivers documents and the use of vehicle inspection items without getting under the vehicle.
- Level 3 This includes inspecting only the drivers documents.
- Level 4 This includes a one-time inspection of a particular item, like a drivers license or brake check.
- Level 5 This includes a detailed inspection of the vehicle, included in level one, and is done without the driver present.
- Level 6 This includes inspection only on trucks carrying radiological shipments.
Although the level one inspection is most commonly seen, it is not uncommon for random roadside inspections to include some of these other types. These inspections are all performed in the general interest of keeping the drivers and people traveling on our Tennessee roadways safe.
Level One Roadside Truck Inspection
As the level one roadside inspection is most common, the details are very important to understand. These inspections will typically last around 30 minutes to an hour and will examine most details of the driver and the truck.
Truck driver documents must include:
- Drivers license must be current and valid for vehicle he or she is operating
- Medical examiners certificate must be current and valid, a waiver is acceptable
- Drivers record of duty log drivers log for the day and last seven days. Other verifications of the log may be requested. The log must be current and include last change of duty status
- Documentation of annual truck inspection a copy or report or sticker must be on the vehicle
- Hazardous materials paperwork paperwork must maintain within the drivers reach at all times
- Permit credentials IFTA license and decals, IRP cab card, SSRS receipt, any other temporary permits
Truck components inspected include:
- Brake System
- Exhaust System
- Fuel System
- Secured Cargo
- Suspension System
- Windshield Wipers
- Coupling Devices
- Truck Frame
- Hazardous Materials
- All Truck Lights
- Trailer Body
Once a thorough inspection has been done over these items, and everything approved, the driver may continue their route. However, if one of these items fails the inspection, the truck will be placed out of service until the problem is corrected. Once the problem is corrected the driver will be able to continue their route once again.
Contact An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
Here at Greg Coleman Law, we believe that injured victims of truck accidents deserve the right to obtain justice in the court of law. Our attorneys believe that truck drivers, who performed negligent actions, injuring innocent individuals, must be held accountable for their actions in the court of law.
Being headquartered in Knoxville, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Tennessee.
Some locations we serve include:
- Island Home
- Coster Yards
- Park City
- Marble City
- Lincoln Park
- Johnson Road
For more information on how our truck accident lawyers can help you, we invite you to contact our firm at (865) 247-0080 to speak with a member of our intake staff. Here we will gather information about your accident and quickly connect you with one of our truck accident lawyers ready to fight for you in the court of law. In addition, our attorneys all operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning, we do not charge our clients unless we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement.
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