The Texas Department of Public Safety has started cracking down on commercial trucks that are unfit to be on the road.
Police are looking for the causes of some of our 18 wheeler collisions: faulty brakes, defective equipment, overloaded or improperly loaded cargo, inadequately inflated tires, burnt out lights, missing warning devices, and other mechanical or equipment problems. DPS officers across the Lone Star State have already pulled over roughly 9,000 trucks as a part of Operation Road Check. One in five were cited for mechanical problems.
Police are focusing on semi-trucks because they can be extremely dangerous when they have a problem. These commercial vehicles can weigh more than 80,000 pounds and take more than a football field to come to a stop.
Collisions caused by 18 wheelers are far too common. We are being hired more and more often to help the victims of the rampant number of 18 wheeler crashes — three times just in July so far — and have two truck inspections on tap in the next two weeks.