153 Market St., Lexington, KY 40507 This is an advertisement phone: (859) 253-9999
Todd & Todd A Professional Limited Liability Company

Personal Injury Newsletter

The Need for Brake Safety in Commercial Motor Vehicles

Because Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) are generally larger and thus potentially more dangerous than other vehicles, CMV brake safety is imperative. In 2003, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a new rule allowing for performance-based brake testing for CMVs, as opposed to the traditional method of visual inspection.

There are three types of vehicles that are considered CMVs: (1) A truck with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 lbs; (2) a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials carrying a required quantity; and (3) a bus designed to transport more than fifteen people.

FMCSA Rule Permits Performance Brake-Testing
In the United States, thousands of fatalities annually are caused by CMV accidents. A variety of reasons have caused such accidents, such as brake failure.

In an attempt to increase safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) has created a pass/fail criteria for use with performance-based brake testers (PBBTs). PBBTs are a method of measuring the braking performance of CMVs in order to ensure compliance of braking capabilities with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

There are two methods by which PBBT measures the condition of brakes:

  1. Measuring brake forces at each wheel
  2. Measuring overall brake performance in controlled testing

The Goals for Performance Brake-Testing
Implementation of the performance based brake-testing rule is the pinnacle of research that began in the 1990s. PBBTs allow for more frequent and thorough testing of CMVs. The FMCSA hopes that the ability of the PBBT testing to systematically process more vehicles will prevent and lower the number of CMV-related accidents occurring each year. In 2008, the method was approved by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) for roadside enforcement, where trucks which fail testing may be immediately placed out-of-service until they are repaired.

  • Obtaining Information Through Depositions
    Once a lawsuit is filed to recover damages for a personal injury, breach of contract, or other cause of action, the case will usually proceed through several phases. The first phase of a lawsuit usually entails the preparation and... Read more.
  • State Responsibility to Design and Maintain Safe Highways
    Governments and government agencies are potentially liable for accidents caused, in whole or in part, by defects in highway design and maintenance. Such liability is heavily dependent on local law and the extent to which the doctrine of... Read more.
  • Understanding Breach of Warranty
    Although the public tends to trust the integrity of a product and the company that produces it, not all products are made safely and injury can result from products that are improperly designed, manufactured or distributed. In... Read more.
  • A Survey of Elder Abuse and the Law
    In general, the broad term “elder abuse” is used to encompass several forms of misconduct directed toward individuals aged 60 or older. Elder abuse is considered to be a serious problem in the United States by the... Read more.
Personal Injury News Links
Share This Page:

Contact Information

Todd & Todd A Professional Limited Liability Company (859) 253-9999 153 Market Street, Lexington, KY 40507

COMMUNITIES WE SERVE

Todd & Todd, PLLC is located in Lexington, KY and serves clients in and around Lexington, Keene, Nicholasville, Versailles, Midway, Georgetown, Wilmore, Winchester, Ford, Paris, Stamping Ground, Richmond, Cynthiana, Sadieville, Frankfort, Burgin, Clark County, Fayette County, Franklin County, Harrison County, Jessamine County, Mercer County, Scott County and Woodford County.

Designed and Powered by NextClient

© 2014 - 2021 Todd & Todd, PLLC. All rights reserved.
Custom WebExpress™ attorney website design by NextClient.com.

Contact Form Tab