Big rigs undergoing roadside inspections were a common sight in Illinois and around the country in September during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week safety blitz, and more than 14 percent of them were ordered off the road after inspectors discovered potentially deadly faults. Figures released by the nonprofit organization reveal that 4,955 of the 35,080 commercial vehicles inspected during Brake Safety Week were ordered out of service.

The CVSA asked inspectors to pay particular attention to commercial vehicle anti-lock braking systems during Brake Safety Week, and they discovered violations 8.3 percent of the time when inspecting trucks equipped with ABS. ABS violations were also discovered during 4.4 percent of the 5,354 inspections of trucks equipped with hydraulic braking systems.

The percentage of commercial vehicles ordered out of service during the weeklong effort was virtually identical to the percentage ordered off the road during 2017’s Brake Safety Day. The CVSA’s decision to return to a weeklong safety effort may have been influenced by the citations issued during the organization’s International Roadcheck safety initiative in June. During the 72-hour push, braking problems were the most common reason for trucks being ordered off the road and accounted for 28.5 percent of all out of service orders.

The citations handed out during safety efforts like the CVSA’s Brake Safety Week and International Roadcheck could be used by experienced personal injury attorneys to establish negligence in lawsuits brought on behalf of semi truck accident victims. Trucking companies are required to take all reasonable steps to protect other road users from harm, and they may be held financially responsible for their reckless behavior when this duty of care is not met.