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Can Electronic Onboard Recorders Prevent Truck Accidents?


Operating a tractor trailer isn’t easy, especially if you’re tired. According to the researcher, truck drivers who accurately record their hours of operation are less likely to cause traffic accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates drivers’ hours of service, but some employers still pressure drivers to operate tractor-trailers to the point of exhaustion. In December 2011, the FMCSA published a Hours of Service Final Rule with specific instructions for commercial drivers, but some drivers choose to ignore these regulations.

In response to escalating concern for highway safety, electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) were introduced to the commercial trucking market.

The trucking industry uses EOBRs to log drivers’ hours of service, speed, and distance traveled. Employers can use this information to make sure that their drivers abide by trucking regulations, speed limits, and legal hours of service.

Electronic Onboard Records vs. Paper Logbooks

Before EOBRs, truck drivers logged their hours of service by hand, but this method is outdated and easy to manipulate. On the other hand, EOBRs are efficient and difficult to falsify. They can also help the trucking industry avoid traffic collisions.

In the past, truck drivers could easily fabricate their record books to make it look like they drove more miles in a shorter amount of time. At first glance, this might seem harmless, but inaccurate records can force drivers to operate their vehicles for more time. This oversight can lead to truck accidents caused by tired driving.

EOBRs and Personal Injury Lawsuits

Onboard recorders can be used to establish certain forms of negligence after a serious traffic accident. If the EOBR shows that the driver was operating the truck for too long, you could use this information to establish a case for negligent tired driving. Similarly, the recorder might show that the truck was speeding – another form of negligence.

To learn more about your rights after a serious truck accident, contact the Las Vegas truck accident attorneys from Shook & Stone today.


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