When you’re riding down the road next to a tractor-trailer, are you confident the vehicle is up to par on safety? Do you think the driver has checked the rig before getting behind the wheel to ensure all of the truck’s components are operating properly? Odds are, the answer is a terrifying “no,” and operational issues like these are some of the most common reasons for truck accidents. The truck next to you likely has a few safety violations—many of which can lead to serious injuries to other drivers on the road.
The Most Common CSA Violations
Trucking professionals are supposed by abide by the safety standards of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMSCA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. Unfortunately, many tractor-trailers are found to have violations. Here, we discuss some of the most common violations found:
- Lighting violations. Broken lights, missing reflectors, and missing reflector tape are arguably the most common violations found. These violations put drivers at risk, as they may not be able to properly see large trucks that are traveling on the same roads.
- Brake violations. Perhaps the most frightening of violations, faulty brakes are found on a large number of trucks on the road. Malfunctioning brakes put all drivers on the road near the offending truck at risk.
- Medical issues. One in eight violations is due to driver medical issues. The drivers often fail to carry medical cards with them, which are required when crossing state lines. Truckers that drive while physically ill are also in violation and put the safety of those around them in jeopardy.
- Inability to speak English. The CSA program requires that truck operators are able to speak English in order to be able to answer questions and complete paperwork at roadside inspections.
- Log violations. Drivers are often cited for log violations. This may not seem like a big deal, but an inaccurate log can mean trouble if the driver isn’t getting enough sleep. A truck operated by a drowsy driver is extremely dangerous.
- Bad tires. Driving on bad tires is dangerous for anyone, but especially truck drivers. Using the wrong size tires or using worn out tires can lead to dangerous and deadly accidents.
When a Truck Accident Causes You Harm
The roads in San Antonio are littered with large trucks, and chances are high that many have major safety violations. This can mean serious trouble for you. Contact the attorneys of Wayne Wright LLP if you were injured in a trucking accident. We may be able to get you compensation that can cover your medical bills, time away from work, and pain and suffering.