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Brake inspection week scheduled for September

Louisiana truck drivers should be ready for Brake Safety Week in September. Put on by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, it was held on only a single day in 2017. During the enhanced inspection period, drivers can expect inspectors to look for missing or loose parts, fluid leaks and defective rotors. They will also be on the lookout for worn pads, linings and rotors.

According to the CSVA, there will be many Level I inspections completed during this time period. In 2017, 14 percent of trucks were taken out of service during the brake safety check day. Brake Safety Week is not the only way in which the CSVA keeps an eye on driver and truck safety. In July, Operation Safe Driver Week will look for truck operators who aren't wearing their seat belt or are making other unsafe decisions while behind the wheel.

If a truck is not properly maintained, it could increase the risk of an accident. This is because the vehicle could have a more difficult time coming to a stop or doing so in a timely manner. Those who are injured in an accident involving a poorly maintained truck may be entitled to compensation thatmay help to pay for medical bills as well as make up for lost future earnings or any current wages lost while recovering.

An attorney may be able to use maintenance records or photos taken from the crash scene to establish that a faulty truck caused an accident. This may be enough to show that negligence played a role in the collision. In some cases, multiple parties may be liable for damages such as the driver of the truck, the company that owns it and the manufacturer of a faulty part.

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