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Commercial vehicle inspection blitz coming this week

Let's imagine being back in school. On the first day of class, you receive a syllabus that shows a big test coming up at the end of the spring. As that date draws closer and closer, you get more reminders to study and prepare for the big test. If test day comes and you still haven't studied, then you would have no one to blame but yourself if you fail.

This is the way we can think about the upcoming annual trucking inspection blitz the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is conducting this week. 

This blitz is an event carried out every year. This year, it happens between June 6-8. During the 72-hour inspection spree, an average of 15 commercial vehicles are inspected every minute. This is an annual event that truckers know about and can prepare for.

Unfortunately, thousands of truckers and trucking companies fail to take seriously their obligation maintain and operate safe vehicles. Even when given ample warning time to fix mechanical problems, review loading procedures and comply with the requirements of a commercial driver's license, there are still unsafe drivers driving unsafe vehicles on highways and roads all across the U.S.

Last year, more than 20 percent of the trucks inspected during this blitz were place out of service; nearly 1,500 drivers were also placed out of service.

When commercial vehicles are involved in an accident, they can and do cause catastrophic damage and fatal injuries. This is why it is so critical for those in the trucking industry to comply with state and federal regulations. 

These blitzes are certainly helpful in getting non-compliant trucks and drivers off the road, but unfortunately, no matter how much time and support people are given, they still make dangerous choices when it comes to driving.

Threats of inspections, out-of-service orders and fines are, sadly, not enough to get some truckers and trucking companies to comply with the safety requirements in place. However, filing a lawsuit to hold these parties accountable for their actions when their negligence or recklessness leads to an accident reinforces the message that such behaviors have serious consequences.

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