Usually, truck drivers have to make a vehicle pre-trip inspection report in writing each day. The motor carrier and trucking company must repair any items in the trucker’s inspection report that affect the safety of the commercial vehicle and certify on the report that the repairs were made or were unnecessary. Truck driver was required to sign the report if defects were noted and certified to be repaired or not needed to be repaired. Personal injury lawyers specializing in semi truck and other commercial vehicle accidents, know what safety inspection the truck driver, trucking company or motor carrier should have performed to take reasonable steps prevent semi truck crash.
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Safety is the most important reason the truck driver inspects the semi truck vehicle, to ensure safety for driver and for other motor vehicle road users. A vehicle defect found during an inspection could save lives and prevent problems leading to a crash later. The commercial truck could have a breakdown on the road that will cost time and dollars, or even worse, a injury accident crash caused by the defect on the semi truck. Federal and state laws require that truck drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect semi truck vehicles. If state police inspector judged the vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it "out of service" until it is fixed.
A semi truck vehicle inspection will help truck driver find problems that could cause a crash or breakdown.
Truck driver should do the following safety inspection:
Truck drivers should do after-trip inspections at the end of each trip, day, or end of on-duty shift on each vehicle you operated. Truck driver should fill-out a vehicle condition report listing any problems found. The inspection report helps a motor carrier and trucking company know when the vehicle needs repairs.
The truck driver should have looked for the following tire problems:
The truck driver should have looked for the following wheel and rim problems:
Truck driver should have performed the following safety inspection for bad brake drums or shoes
Truck driver should have performed the following safety inspection steering system defects:
The suspension system holds up the vehicle and its cargo load. It keeps the vehicle axles in place. Therefore, operating a commercial truck with broken suspension parts can be extremely dangerous. Truck driver should look for the following:
Truck driver should have performed the following safety inspection for exhaust system defects
A broken exhaust system can let poison fumes into the cab or sleeper berth putting you and the co-driver at risk of injury or death by asphyxiation. Truck driver should look for:
Commercial vehicles must be equipped with emergency equipment. Truck driver is required to look and ensure the following emergency equipment is in the semi truck:
Truck driver must make sure the truck is not overloaded with freight, in terms of size and weight, and the cargo is balanced and secured before each trip. If the cargo contains hazardous materials, trucker must inspect for proper paperwork and placarding.
In order to obtain a CDL the truck driver will be required to pass a vehicle inspection test. Truck driver was tested to see if the trucker knows whether semi truck vehicle is safe to drive. Truck driver would have been asked to do a vehicle inspection of commercial vehicle during CDL testing. Commercial truck driver is trained to point out or touch and name the items the truck driver is inspecting and explain to the test examiner what the truck driver would have to inspect and why. Truck drivers use the seven step method.
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