Before a truck driver begins to drive on a given day, he/she must inspect the 18 wheeler and be satisfied that the parts of the truck are in good working order. The driver must inspect:
- Service brakes
- Parking brakes
- Steering mechanism
- Lighting devices and reflectors
- Windshield wipers
- Rear vision mirrors
- Coupling devices
The 18 wheeler driver must also inspect all emergency equipment and make sure that it is in good working order. The truck driver must prepare a written report of his/her inspection. The report must identify any defect that might affect the safe operation of the 18 wheeler. The driver has to sign the report and submit it to the trucking company.
Unfortunately, many 18 wheeler trucking accidents occur because trucks are not properly inspected and maintained. The rules requiring inspection reports are designed to prevent accidents that lead to serious personal injury or wrongful death.
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