Random Semi Safety Check Finds One Fifth Unroadworthy

An Arkansas big rig accident lawyer notes that an inspection of semi trucks by Arkansas officials led to twenty percent of vehicles being pulled off the road. Police across the state randomly inspected 637 trucks over four days resulting in 149 vehicles being pulled out of service. When fault on the part of truck drivers or trucking companies results in injury or death, victims may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a semi truck accident attorney.

For more information, contact the Johnson Firm today. We offer free, no obligation consultations, and we can help you determine whether you have a claim. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].

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Report: Over Four Days Officials Flagged More Than 1,800 Semi Truck Violations

According to arkansasonline.com, for four days in June 2016, police across Arkansas randomly inspected 637 trucks, and they took 149 vehicles out of service, citing brake issues as the most common reason. Officers also pulled 67 drivers out of service, including one who was cited on suspicion of drinking and driving. Others were cited for not updating their logbooks or for driving too long. The rate of vehicle violations is similar to 2015 inspection results, when officers pulled 168 trucks out of service from the 619 they inspected. But the number of drivers taken out of service increased by more than 50 percent from the 43 drivers taken out of service last year.

In total, officers flagged more than 1,800 violations. Some problems, such as faulty windshield wipers, were minor enough that police let drivers finish their assignment before requiring repairs, officials stated. Trucks with more serious problems had to wait for repairs at the inspection sites before returning to the highway but most were back on the road within a few hours.

Police also ticketed hundreds of truck drivers who tried to bypass the inspection points, issuing more than 270 citations. Police also cited six truck drivers for backing up on the highway. The drivers bypassed the inspection ramp and tried to back up to the inspection queue after seeing other trucks pulled over for going around the inspection, the website reported.

How a Big Rig Accident Lawyer Can Help

Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, a semi truck accident may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.

Drivers or passengers who are injured in a semi truck accident may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering

The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.

For more information or if you want to speak with an Arkansas semi truck accident attorney, contact the Johnson firm today. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].

After you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to get more information about your case. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and all of the information you provide is confidential.

Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.