For those who operate trucks that weigh more than 10,000 pounds, they must undergo special inspections every single year, as put into law by the Department of Transportation (DOT). There are various levels of inspections that we have visited today, and special considerations to be made for vehicles that have different standards. For instance, for vehicles that ship radioactive supplies, there are special considerations to be made. There are some things that truck drivers do to prepare for these inspections:
- They should always check the tires before an inspection through a walk-around, as a driver should always be falling within standard.
- An inspection will not be passed if malfunctioning lights are on the vehicle, so testing the lights is imperative as well.
- Drivers should always look for cracks in windows.
Why Inspections are Important
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration understands the need for these inspections as they protect roadways and work toward preventing accidents every year. The primary objective of these commercial inspections include discovering unsafe conditions before they can cause an accident, finding mechanical problems, and avoiding failing of a roadside inspection. Too many drivers and trucking companies take shortcuts these days, which can lead to less reliable vehicles. Even though it may save money at first, the accidents in the long run cost money and ruin lives.
What Can I do if I was Injured?
If you were injured in a trucking accident due to a lack of inspection and the breakdown of a vehicle, you may have experienced many damages from medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent disability, lost income, and more. Following your accident, you may find that the insurance company works at all costs to back up the driver or the trucking company and keep you from recovering the compensation you deserve. Because it follows regulations to keep trucks inspected and safe, it is important that you call us today to talk about your case. We can help you from start to finish.