Required Periodic Inspections of Commercial Trucks

Over time almost everything people use and make in Pennsylvania will break down. So, if people want to keep using a certain thing, they generally have to perform maintenance on it and fix broken parts. Sometimes, depending on the object, it can even become a safety hazard if parts are broken and the object is not operating properly. Vehicles fall into this category. If a car or truck is not operating correctly or parts are broken, accidents can occur and people may be injured as a result.

This is especially true for large commercial trucks. When truck accidents occur, there can be a large amount of damage and severe injuries to the victims of the accident. So, there are many regulations that truck drivers and trucking companies must follow in order to ensure that the trucks are in working order and the drivers are not fatigued or impaired in any way.

One of these regulations is that every truck must have a very thorough periodic inspection at least once a year. These inspections must look at almost every part of the truck such as the breaks, the wheels and the axels, coupling devices, safety devices, exhaust system, steering, suspension, the frame of the truck, welds, windshields and many other parts of the truck.

The truck must pass the inspection in order to operate on the road and there are penalties for the trucking companies if they do not complete an annual inspection. If a person in Pennsylvania is injured in a truck accident, it can completely change their life. They may need extensive medical treatment and may never fully recover depending on the severity of the injury. They may also lose income if they are unable to work. This can create devastating economic consequences as well.

The victims of these accidents may be entitled to compensation from the truck company for their injuries though. This can be extremely valuable for the victims and their families. Experienced attorneys understand the consequences of truck accidents and may be able to help protect one’s rights.

Source:, “Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance,” accessed on July 18, 2017

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