Many people assume all the big rig trucks on California roads are constantly checked for safety. I see the truck scales where they are supposed to pull over and it makes me feel a little safer driving around those huge trucks. Then there is the fact that most big rig truck accidents that happen cause a lot of damage and you would think truck owners would want their machines and drivers to be in top order. Well, it’s come to the attention of the California Highway Patrol that this is not the case. A California Highway Patrol task force has been stopping big trucks on several streets throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. Apparently the truck drivers stopped are trying to avoid mandatory checkpoints.
CHP caught several drivers for vehicle violations. Some of the truck drivers were caught without licenses and others without properly working brakes. In total CHP inspected 39 trucks and found 111 vehicle violations. They issued 23 citations and towed 12 unsafe to drive trucks. Reports say the CHP conducts similar processes throughout the county at least four times a year.
Its great news that the CHP tries to deter these unsafe unlawful drivers but just the fact that some truck drivers are trying to avoid these checkpoints is alarming. And then just not to have their vehicles inspected for safety violations makes it worse. Being a Los Angles truck accident lawyer I know all the damage trucking accidents cause and not having your big rig in the best shape possible is just unsafe and can be very costly for truck owners.