Electronic Logging Could Help Reduce Truck Accidents

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March 24, 2016 | Truck Accidents |

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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.

Benefits of Electronic Logging

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. The FMCSA reports that paperwork reductions alone might produce a savings of $1 billion annually. Some truck drivers fear that companies can access the logs remotely and pressure drivers to stay on the road, but the new rule has protections included that should prevent harassment about the logs.

Transitioning from Paper to Electronic Logs

Using the new logging system should be relatively easy. Smartphones and other wireless technology can be used for recording purposes, and companies have anywhere from two to four years to make sure they are in compliance with the new rules. The change to electronic recording for commercial drivers is a long time coming, as Congress has requested electronic recording devices since 1995.

When Truck Accidents Happen

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 compensation for your injuries from a liable truck driver 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.

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney Today

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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