Driving a large truck is a serious responsibility and along with the requirement of having a commercial drivers license, is imperative that a driver properly maintain their vehicle. A roadside inspection is the inspection of a commercial motor vehicle at a roadside stop by an authorized inspector.
According to the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration approximately 3.6 million roadside inspections were carried out in 2011. Of more than 525,000 active motor carriers, 45% had been inspected between 2 and 10 times. In Oklahoma an estimated 26,700 roadside inspections were carried out in 2012.
It is imperative that these roadside inspections occur as any type of negligence in maintaining the safety features of a vehicle could result in a truck accident. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, more than 4,700 large truck accidents were reported in 2011 with a six percent increase since 2009.
Although roadside inspections are frequently performed, it is up to drivers and their employers to properly correct issues found. In some cases the issues may be found until after an accident or it will be found that driver simply failed to follow through with correcting the cited problem.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident caused negligent driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Roadside Inspection Guidelines
Under the FMCSA § 396.17 all commercial motor vehicles must be inspected. There are six different types of inspections that may occur, one of which involves the inspection of a drivers license and credentials (Level III) such as their medical certificate and drivers log.
The two most common types of inspections are the Level I and Level II inspection.
Level I North American
- Hours of Duty
- Exhaust System
- Brake System
- Vehicle Lamps
- Drivers License & Record of Duty
- Tire Wear & Tear
- Reflective Lighting/Tape
This type of inspection is the most thorough and can take as long as an hour to complete.
Level II Walk-around Drive/Vehicle Inspection
Similar to a level I inspection, a Level II includes a complete walk-around of the vehicle with the driver. The inspector may actually physically go underneath the vehicle in order to properly inspect everything. This type of roadside inspection typically takes about 30 minutes. A level V inspection is a level II however a driver is NOT required to be present for it.
Level IV and VI inspection are specialty examinations that are usually used to inspect a vehicle on particular item or for radioactive material being transported.
Common Roadside Inspection Violations
A majority of all roadside inspections are completed between 8a.m. and 12:30p.m and 12% of inspections are carried out in conjunction with traffic enforcement. According to a 2006 study by the FMCSA of large truck accidents, about 73% of more than 3 million roadside inspections noted at least one violation.
Some of the more common types of violations noted include:
- Inoperative Turn Signals
- Oil Leaks
- Poor Tire Tread
- Inoperable Front/Back Lamps
- Defective or Missing Reflective Lamps/Tape
- Record of Duty Unavailable
Depending on the violation, a driver or vehicle could become out of service. According to the FMCSA of all 2012 roadside inspections, 20% of vehicles resulted in being out of service and an additional 5% of drivers were out of service.
Contact our Tulsa Truck Accident Attorney Today
Truck accidents caused be un-maintained vehicles are preventable, unfortunately not all drivers and truck companies following the rules and regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident caused by a careless driver, our experienced attorneys are here to help.
With more than 25 years of combined legal experience in personal injury, the attorneys at Edwards Law Firm are ready to guide you through the entire litigation process and fight for your right to fair and just compensation. We have several offices located throughout the tri-state area and proudly serve the following cities:
- Oklahoma City, OK
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