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Nightmare on 18 Wheels – A Texas Big Rig With No Brakes

Posted on Sep 30, 2011
The thought of a semi truck barreling down on your car on the Dallas Turnpike, unable to stop or even slow down is the stuff of movies. However, this nightmarish scene is one that plays out all too often. In order to combat the problem of faulty or defective brakes in large trucks, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is working to increase awareness of this serious problem.

 

In order to do so, the CVSA has established a week long brake safety awareness campaign. Each year, the Brake Safety Week campaign strives to:

 

  • Improve industry knowledge

  • Boost regulatory compliance

  • Enhance performance of commercial vehicle braking systems

 

In order to meet these goals, the CVSA has teamed up with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct roadside inspections. According to CVSA executive director Stephen Keppler, inspections are not the only important part of the week.

 

"One of the major goals of Brake Safety Week is to educate drivers, mechanics and others on the importance of proper adjustment, maintenance and operation to ensure every commercial vehicle is operating safely, and, ultimately, to save lives," said Keppler.

 

Can Better Brakes Prevent a Texas Trucking Crash?

If more trucks were operating with better maintained, safer braking systems, the number of large truck crashes in Texas would most certainly go down. According to CVSO Roadcheck data for 2011, over 50 percent of commercial vehicle out-of-service citations were for brake-related violations. This number only represents those caught for major safety violations. Many others do not get caught and continue to drive the Texas freeways with ineffective, dangerous brakes.

 

The Dallas truck crash attorneys at the Hart Law Firm hope that Brake Safety Week, along with other state and nationwide safety initiatives, work to make trucks safer, decrease crashes, and save lives.

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