Approximately 15.5 million commercial trucks in the United States are responsible for the delivery of 70 percent of all manufactured and consumer goods. Many of those trucks travel the 34,624 miles of Nevada highways. The Nevada Department of Public Safety makes sure these commercial trucks meet federal motor carrier safety regulations adopted by Nevada.
As personal injury attorneys like Adam Kutner are aware, these regulations seek to reduce the dangers associated with operating commercial vehicles on state highways. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and require 40 percent more time than a car to brake to a complete stop.
Their size and extra stopping time mean that accidents involving tractor-trailers can end in death, serious personal injuries and property damage. Because of the potential dangers associated with the operation of these vehicles, Nevada conducts roadside safety inspections to determine if the vehicles and their drivers meet minimum standards for safety equipment, maintenance and licensing.
Truck drivers must pass a licensing test and must be prepared to show their commercial driver’s license(CDL). Drivers must also have a current medical certificate to establish that they have been examined and cleared by a doctor to drive the vehicle.
Commercial truck drivers are allowed to drive only a limited number of hours each day. The driver must keep a logbook in the vehicle at all times and to show it to state inspectors or law enforcement personnel when requested. A driver is required to record when he has started and stopped the truck. The purpose of the logbook is to prevent drivers from falling asleep or becoming distracted while driving.
Roadside inspections include examination of a truck’s brakes, lights, tires and other safety equipment. These inspections serve to identify any truck-related problems that could cause an accident.
If an inspector finds a significant maintenance deficiency or safety violation, the vehicle can be ordered out of service. A truck ordered out of service cannot be driven until the mechanical or safety issues are repaired. In addition, police can issue tickets to the driver and the owner of the vehicle for violating state law.
Protecting the Public
Their size and weight make commercial vehicles dangerous instruments if driven by an unqualified driver or an impaired driver. Adam Kutner represents motorists who suffer injuries in collisions with commercial trucks, so he knows the damage that an 80,000 truck can do when it collides with a car or SUV.
Attorney Adam Kutner Recognizes Benefits of Truck Safety Inspections