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Brake Safety Week aims to make Kentucky vehicles safer

In existence since 1998, Brake Safety Week will take place in 2015 from Sept. 6 to Sept. 12. It is run by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and involves law enforcement agencies from around the country. The focus is on outreach and education by the CMV in addition to physical brake inspections on large trucks and buses. A typical inspection will look for loose parts, leaking fluid and worn drums or brake pads.

In addition, the inspection will look at anti-lock brake malfunction lights to ensure that they are working properly. If applicable, an inspector will look at pushrod stroke, and vehicles may be taken off the road if they have defective brakes or brakes that are not in proper alignment. In 2014, 13,305 vehicles were inspected with 2,162 commercial vehicles being taken out of service based on inspection results.

This represents an out-of-service rate of 16.2, which was higher than the 13.5 percent in 2013. Overall, 10.4 percent of vehicles were taken out of service for adjustment issues while 9.4 percent were taken out of service for component issues. Since the program began in 1998, an estimated 3.4 million brakes have been inspected.

Anyone who is injured in a truck accident could suffer serious and long-lasting injuries. Drivers, passengers or pedestrians who are injured due to driver negligence or maintenance deficiencies may be able to win compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other applicable damages. An attorney who has experience in personal injury litigation may be able to pinpoint the cause of the accident through a review of the accident investigation report and other available evidence such as trucking and maintenance logs.

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