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Updated July 31, 2020
In the trucking industry, oversight is necessary to ensure safety on the road. Drivers must log their hours to avoid driving while fatigued.
Since 1938, drivers kept paper logs. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) now requires around three million commercial truck and bus drivers to electronically record their driving time.
Automated tracking systems mean that no one can keep two sets of logs or change their logs, and electronic logging systems can track things like engine hours, location information and miles driven.
Some truck drivers fear that companies can access the logs remotely and pressure drivers to stay on the road, but the rule has protections that should prevent harassment about the logs.
Using the electronic logging system should be relatively easy. Smartphones and other wireless technology can be used for recording purposes. The change to electronic recording for commercial drivers is a long time coming, as Congress has requested electronic recording devices since 1995.
Commercial truck operators have regulations limiting driving time to avoid drowsy driving, and truck accidents may occur if a driver falls asleep at the wheel after driving for too long. These accidents may be especially serious when other vehicles are involved.
The good news is that you can seek financial damages for your injuries from a liable truck driver or trucking company after a crash occurs, which could help you focus on healing as you might receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, contact the Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham today. The lawyers at WKW have experience with the trucking industry and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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