Massive 18-wheelers that share our highways weigh up to 80,000 lbs. When these big machines lose a wheel while traveling at 65 miles per hour, the devastation that follows is often horrific. Conducting safety inspections of the truck’s wheels and fastenings is a quick and easy method to improve road and truck safety.
Safety Inspections of Truck Wheels
Federal Motor Carrier Safety rules and regulations require every motor carrier to systematically inspect, repair and maintain their trucks and trailers which include wheels and rims on both.
Poor fastening, maintenance and inspection are leading causes of wheels coming off these big rigs, particularly when these 18-wheelers are traveling at highway speeds. Simple and thorough safety inspections would easily identify wheel loosening or separation. However, drivers and carriers often fail to carry out these simple safety checks. Failing to properly inspect the wheels and tires can lead to preventable deaths and serious injuries.
Routine maintenance, inspection and fastening – all of which take a few minutes to perform – would prevent the death and serious injuries that can occur when the wheels fly off these big trucks.
As a truck accident attorney, I place great emphasis on road & truck safety. I know that if all truck drivers carried out these quick and easy-to-do safety inspections based on a simple truck inspection checklist before hitting the road, the safety record of the trucking industry would dramatically increase.