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Ryder releases interactive inspection app to improve truck safety

Written by Steve Gursten Posted April 23rd, 2014

“There’s an app for that”: Even with regular maintenance, it’s still critical to conduct the pre-trip and post-trip inspections to avoid truck accidents

Ryder inspection app

Truckers spend a considerable period of time when obtaining their CDLs and in “truck school” learning about the importance of properly inspecting their semi-trucks before and after every trip.  These are known as the pre-trip and post-trip inspections.

There’s a reason why pre-trip and post-trip inspection reports
are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – because they improve  truck safety and protect everyone on the road.  They help truckers identify potentially dangerous equipment malfunctions — before they can  cause a serious crash.

Preventable truck accidents occur because of poor maintenance and skipped inspections that would have detected a dangerous problem before it was too late. We frequently blog about so called “poor maintenance crashes,” like this one in New Hampshire, where an unmaintained big-rig truck lost a wheel on the highway, causing a fatal traffic accident.

An important theme of this trucking safety law blog is that  the majority of truck accidents aren’t “accidents” at all — rather they’re avoidable and occur because trucking  company management decided to cut corners on safety, inspection and supervision.

Which brings us to the  Ryder app.  Ryder hopes to help minimize the number of preventable truck accidents.  In its release, Ryder says it prides itself on being a leader in safety and legal compliance. Accordingly, Ryder’s new interactive app assists truckers and trucking companies with safety maintenance and vehicle inspections.

If the safety benefits of helping to prevent trucking accidents are not enough to get a trucking company or truck driver on board, the Ryder app is also intended to help avoid expensive roadside repairs and downtime. This, ironically, is another consistent theme of this blog – that being unsafe actually more expensive for companies than being complaint and following the law.

This app sounds like a great idea. I sincerely hope that truckers and trucking companies take advantage of all of its safety benefits.

This Ryder app can be accessed here.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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