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Trucks pulled out of service for brake violations

Drivers in Texas and throughout the country may be safer after a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance initiative pulled around 3,900 trucks out of service. Around 2,350 of the trucks taken out of service had brake violations while around 1,100 had both brake and other violations.

Inspectors examined more than 18,000 vehicles for brake violations such as being out of adjustment, having missing parts, having linings that were damaged or worn, or for having fluid leaks. They also examined indicator lights on anti-lock braking systems.

The non-profit organization's Brake Safety Week occurred in mid-September. Almost 9 percent of air-braked trucks had anti-lock braking systems violations, and the same percentage of hydraulic-braked trucks did as well. Nearly 16 percent of trailers had similar violations. In June, the CVSA carried out its annual North America Roadcheck initiative over a three-day period, and almost half of the out-of-service violations were related to brake problems.

Brakes that do not work properly and other mechanical problems can lead to truck accidents that can result in serious injuries to other drivers and passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and others. Accidents may also happen due to driver error or for many other reasons. One of the dangers in a truck accident is the size of the vehicle and the damage it is capable of causing. A person may be catastrophically injured in such an accident, and the costs associated with the injury, including medical expenses and lost income from work, can be devastating. If the accident was due to negligent truck maintenance, then an attorney could assist in seeking damages from the responsible carrier.

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