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Common Oversights Made During a Pre-Trip Inspection on a Truck

by Jared Staver in Truck Accidents

To protect themselves and other motorists on the road, truck drivers should recognize the importance of thorough pre-trip inspections. Truck drivers are legally required to inspect their truck and trailer before the start of their shift and once every 24 hours while behind the wheel to ensure their truck is safe and free of hazards.

Although most truck drivers perform pre-trip inspections, they often overlook the six inspection items listed below. If you sustain an injury in a truck accident, it is essential that you call an experienced Chicago truck accident lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

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1. Chock Wheels

While truck drivers know they need to chock their truck and trailer, they often forget to do so because they are in a rush. By chocking the wheels of their truck and trailer, truck drivers can prevent the truck from accidentally moving while performing inspections.

2. Cleanliness

Truck drivers tend to leave piles of junk in their cab. If a professional inspector checks their truck during an inspection, they will focus on the cab at first. In the event a truck driver’s cab is dirty, they will appear to be a messy person. In addition, garbage may inhibit mechanical operations in the event it gets stuck under pedals or other devices.

3. Brakes

Brakes are subject to a great deal of wear and tear and must be comprehensively checked. Brakes should be adjusted properly while brake chamber air lines are evaluated for security and flexing capability. Additionally, air lines should not leak or have any mechanical damage.

4. Emergency Kits

Truck drivers are legally obligated to carry an emergency kit that features spare fuses, warning hazard triangles, and a fire extinguisher. Rather than just checking whether these items are present, truck drivers should test the fuses, wipe the hazard triangles of any dirt, and make sure the fire extinguisher is in proper working order.

5. Reflectors

Reflectors drastically increase the visibility of a truck at night. If they cannot function properly, an accident is likely to occur. For this reason, truck drivers should ensure reflectors do not contain any dirt or cracks. They should also check their reflective strips along their cab and trailer to make sure they aren’t worn or peeling.

6. Seatbelts

It’s essential for truck drivers to make sure their seatbelts are in excellent shape. If they notice any frayed edges or significant wear and tear, they should get new seatbelts since their current ones will most likely be ineffective in the event of a crash.

Injured in a Truck Accident? Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you get hurt in a truck accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you should contact a Chicago truck accident attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. right away. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us at (312) 236-2900.