When semi-trucks are involved in traffic accidents, the results are often devastating, to say the least. Due to their enormous size and weight, usually 80,000 pounds, these vehicles can cause serious damage when they are not properly driven. Unfortunately, many trucking accidents are caused by driver fatigue, a completely preventable problem. Truckers are often tasked with driving for hours on end, usually over long distances and sometimes across mundane, uneventful roads. In an effort to cut back on drowsy driving, trucking companies now enforce E-logs, or electronic logs, which automatically track driving hours. With these new devices, trucking companies can enforce driving hour limitations, thus cutting back on the likelihood of driver fatigue.
The FMCSA Laws
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforced the electronic logging device regulations in December of 2017, effectively replacing old paper longs with modern technology. The new regulations affected more than 3 million truck drivers across the United States, preventing them from driving more than 10 consecutive hours. While the 10-hour limit is not new, the efficient monitoring system allows the FMCSA to enforce the rule more easily.
The old system was easily forged, which led several drivers and trucking companies to push past the legal limits on driving time in order to beat deadlines. Unfortunately, this need for efficiency seriously endangered the safety of truck drivers and everyone else on the road.
Some trucking companies do not honor the FMCSA regulations and attempt to push drivers towards beating deadlines or making impossibly quick deliveries. As a result, drivers would supersede the 10-hour limit and drive for long periods without adequate breaks. As a result, more and more drivers were falling asleep at the wheel, causing severe and deadly crashes across America. Although these drowsy driving accidents can still occur, the e-log system makes it much more difficult for drivers or trucking companies to break these rules without facing serious repercussions.
About the Electronic Logs
The E-logs are installed in commercial trucks and electronically link to the truck’s engine. This enables the device to track driving time much more efficiently and with less room for error. The FMCSA estimates that the new electronic logging devices will eliminate up to 1,800 truck accidents each year.
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As innovative as these new e-logs may be, it is still entirely possible for drivers to fall asleep at the wheel, causing serious accidents. If you were involved in a car accident caused by a truck driver, our firm can help you seek compensation and justice.
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