September 11, 2013
The Colorado Truck Accident Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm state that the winding and mountainous highways running through Colorado can prove treacherous for large, heavy commercial tractor-trailers. The difficulty of maneuvering combined with reckless operation result in numerous accidents each year.
In an effort to reduce the number of these crashes and ensure truck drivers obey all safety regulations, the Colorado State Patrol recently conducted a safety enforcement blitz. According to an article published in the Vail Daily, approximately 3,000 commercial vehicles were inspected for faulty equipment and proper record keeping.
Trucking companies have a responsibility to conduct regular maintenance on vehicles in order to prevent dangerous breakdowns that can result in accidents. So, troopers inspected each vehicle, checking to ensure they had properly functioning brakes and tires with plenty of tread. Roughly 10 percent of vehicles inspected had a problem that needed to be fixed.
Troopers also checked to ensure truck drivers were properly keeping track of the hours they had driven. There are regulations in place that prohibit operators of commercial vehicles from driving more than a certain number of hours without a break.
McDivitt Law Firm’s Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to keep the state’s highways safe and are hopeful more operations can be conducted in order to prevent accidents from occurring.