Trip Inspection

Pre-Trip Inspection

As the name suggests, the pre-trip inspection is performed by the driver before the vehicle travels its route. The pre-trip inspection consists of examining the basic parts of the vehicle as well as its accessories. If the driver is satisfied that everything is in good working order, the driver can drive the vehicle. Likewise, the vehicle should not be driven if the driver is not satisfied that the vehicle is in good working order. 

The pre-trip inspection is usually not required to be documented.  This can create a hurdle for truck accident attorneys representing plaintiffs. 

What The Truck Driver Should Inspect

The following parts are usually inspected: 

  • Service brakes, including trailer brake connections
  • Parking (hand) brake
  • Steering mechanism
  • Lighting devices and reflectors
  • Tires
  • Horns
  • Windshield wipers
  • Rear-vision mirrors
  • Coupling devices
  • Wheels and rims
  • Emergency equipment

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I help clients secure financial compensation for their injuries. Specifically, I help injured clients recover compensation from insurance companies, negligent drivers, and other liable parties.

The first step to financial recovery is a free consultation. Call my office at (916) 270-6880 Monday – Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM to learn more about your personal injury rights and damages.

Post-Trip Inspection

The post-trip documentation is conducted after the completion of the day’s work. Unlike the pre-trip inspection, the post-trip inspection is required to be documented by law in a written report known as the Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR). The format for this report is usually decided by the motor carrier.


Failure to comply with these requirements can hold a driver and the motor carrier as liable, especially if the defect which caused the accident could be prevented by an inspection of the vehicle.

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The trip inspection is designed to protect the public from truck accidents stemming from mechanical failure or defect.  Accordingly, the failure of a truck driver to perform the pre or post-trip inspection can leave dangerous conditions unchecked and result in catastrophic truck accidents.  

If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident it’s important that your truck accident attorney review the documented trip inspections.  To learn more about your case call our auto accident attorney at (916) 270-6880 for a free consultation.

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