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Commercial vehicles targeted in Texas inspections

Whether a commercial vehicle accident is caused by a negligent driver, a company that failed to ensure the safety of their vehicles or any other factor, these wrecks can have severe consequences. On top of personal injury, hospital expenses and even loss of life, those who are involved in a crash may have to deal with legal issues as well. In Houston, Texas, anyone who is trying to move forward after a bus accident, van crash or other type of commercial vehicle wreck should do everything they can to recover.

In an attempt to ensure that commercial vehicles with serious violations are not on the road, the Texas Department of Public Safety recently started inspecting commercial vehicles more closely. The inspections, which are also taking place throughout the country in a three-day initiative known as Roadcheck 2014, aim to make the roads safer.

Law enforcement officials and the DPS will be inspecting the brakes, loading standards, tires and lights on buses and 18-wheelers. Authorities will review driver logs and licenses and look for any violations of federal or state laws. Additionally, they will keep an eye out for any irresponsible people driving passenger vehicles. Last year, more than 9,000 commercial vehicles were inspected in Texas over a three day period and over 20 percent of the inspections resulted in the discovery of significant violations, sidelining vehicles until they were repaired.

From driver fatigue to a negligent company or even poor road conditions, no two accidents are exactly the same. When it comes to the legal process, these unique details could have a considerable impact on the outcome. Anyone who needs assistance understanding which steps they should take may want to talk with an attorney.

Source:, "DPS Inspecting Commercial Trucks Driving Through Central Texas," June 3, 2014

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