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Truck drivers are required to inspect trucks each trip

There are many trucks that travel on Pennsylvania roads each day. These trucks play a vital role in commerce by transporting various products long distances to connect sellers and buyers. In addition to this, the truck drivers make their living driving these trucks so they can provide for themselves and their families. However, these trucks can also pose a significant threat to the other drivers on the road if they are not driven safely or if they are not working properly.

Trucks are so much larger than most of the other vehicles on the road and can cause significant damage and severe injuries to other drivers who may be involved in truck accidents. So, to help ensure these accidents do not occur, there are a number of federal regulations that truck drivers and trucking companies must follow. Some regulations are specifically for the drivers such as the alcohol consumption regulations, but others involve both drivers and the trucking companies such as the regulations for inspecting the trucks.

Truck drivers are actually required to inspect the truck before each trip to ensure all the parts are in good working order. These inspections include checking tires, the different types of brakes on the truck, the lights, coupling devices, emergency equipment and other equipment of the truck. The driver must make a report of any defects or deficiencies that they find. It is then the responsibility of the trucking company to ensure that the deficiencies and defects are corrected prior returning the truck to service.

These inspections are very important for both truck drivers and the other drivers on the Pennsylvania roads. If the truck's brakes malfunction while on the roads the results can be disastrous. Innocent victims can be left with life-changing injuries and incur massive medical bills throughout their recovery. These victims may be entitled to compensation from the truck driver and/or company though, which can be very valuable as the victim recovers. However, even though they may be entitled to it, most times it is not just given to them and victims need to know their rights.

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