Check Your Brakes for National Brake Safety Week
When was the last time you had the brakes inspected on your vehicle? Whether you drive a small hybrid car or sit behind the wheel of a commercial tractor-trailer, brake safety should be a vital part of your vehicle maintenance. If it has been several months since your last inspection, take the time to have your brakes checked in honor of National Brake Safety Week, September 16-22.
When it comes to mechanical failure that poses risks for accidents, brake function is close to the top of the list. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), brakes were the second highest cause of accidents caused by mechanical failure, right behind wheels and tires, on the 2015 Crash Report. Braking issues were responsible for 22% of crashes caused by vehicle failure.
Poor braking capability is a common factor in rear-end collisions. These types of accidents can often cause bodily injuries, even at slow speeds. Ensuring your brakes are in good condition can help ensure you can stop when needed. Most manufacturers recommend replacing brake pads every 30,000 miles, but inspections should be done more often to ensure brake safety.
Commercial Truck Brake Inspections
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is the sponsor of National Brake Safety Week. Roadside inspections will be performed on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in an effort to build awareness and remove unsafe vehicles from the roadways. In last year’s brake safety day, 14% of inspected CMVs were taken out of service for brake safety violations. This year, CVSA-certified inspectors will perform a 37-step procedure to check the safety of CMV braking systems, with some jurisdictions using performance-based brake testing.
Although some type of driver error is the most common cause of all accidents on the road, mechanical failure can create a higher risk for accidents. When coupled with driver errors, brake failure or poor function can create dangerous situations on the roadways, especially with large commercial vehicles. All drivers should take the opportunity to use National Brake Safety Week to have their vehicles inspected, especially their braking systems. It could prevent an accident and even save your or someone else’s life.
Brake safety problems can contribute to injury accidents on the roadways. If you are injured in an auto accident caused by another driver with poorly maintained brakes, it is their responsibility to compensate you for your injuries. Our team at Tison Law Group can assist you in pursuing the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages and vehicle damage. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation at our office in Tampa Bay.