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Annual safety inspection campaign will span 72 hours

Louisiana motorists who plan to be driving during the 2017 International Roadcheck event may want to know more about the annual safety inspection spree. Set to begin on June 6, the inspection blitz is scheduled to take place over 72 hours across the U.S. and in Canada. Safety inspectors will check approximately 15 commercial vehicles per minute for safety violations.

Planned by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the event takes place each year around this time. In 2016, CVSA inspectors placed 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers out of service during the International Roadcheck enforcement program. These totals represented 21.5 percent of all trucks and 3.4 percent of all drivers inspected.

Held for the purpose of conducting compliance, enforcement, and educational initiatives, the majority of the inspections conducted are CVSA Level I inspections. Each year, the CVSA places emphasis on a different category of safety violations as a reminder of its particular importance. In 2017, inspectors will highlight cargo securement. Fleets and drivers could avoid violations in this area by inspecting tie-downs for wear and tear and ensuring that equipment and loads are properly secured. Possible violations include damaged tie-downs, and a failure to prevent the shifting or the loss of cargo. To prepare, truckers and carriers can review a CVSA flyer regarding cargo securement tips in advance of the event.

In spite of the efforts of the CVSA in promoting its annual safety campaign, occupants of other vehicles could find themselves injured in a semi truck accident through no fault of their own. When the accident is due to truck driver or trucking company negligence, a personal injury attorney could be of assistance in seeking compensation for the victim's losses through a lawsuit filed against the at-fault party.

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