The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts periodic roadchecks. During the events, truck drivers in California and throughout North America are subject to being stopped and to undergo an inspection of their vehicle and possibly one involving the driver’s certificates and overall fitness to drive.

Each CVSA inspection has a primary focus on a specific safety regulation. The trucking industry is subject to a wide range of standards designed to keep nations’ roadways safe. A failure to comply with the rules and regulations can lead to the vehicle or driver, or both, being placed in out-of-service status.

A heavy emphasis has been placed on hours of service of the driver, and the governing regulations have undergone a change in reporting requirements. Although the number of consecutive hours behind the wheel as well as totals for the week have always been restricted due to the serious concern regarding driver fatigue, digital reporting now sets the standard replacing the longstanding handwritten logs supplied by the drivers themselves.

Driver fatigue and negligent truck maintenance are two of the more common causes of truck accidents. Serious injuries are likely to occur if a passenger car is involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler. Sorting out liability in a truck accident can be difficult, and thus people who have been injured in one might want to meet with an attorney who has experience in these types of cases. In order for a person who has been harmed by a truck accident to recover compensation, negligence on the part of the driver or the trucking company will generally have to be established.