Trucker fatigue is a factor that can lead to trucking accidents. In an effort to ensure that truckers are getting enough sleep, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set forth Hours of Operation regulations that detail the off-duty requirements for the trucking industry.
One way that officials determine if these requirements are being complied with is to have the truckers fill out logs to track their whereabouts and hours on the roadway. A big change is coming to those logs.
Since 1938, truckers have used paper logs to record this information. Safety advocates have been arguing that using paper logs is almost an outdated practice because truckers can easily change the logs or keep two sets of logs to try to get over on the HOS regulations, which state that drivers are limited to 11 hours or 14 hours on the roadways depending on the situation. The FMCSA has updated their rule on these logs to state that drivers will have to use electronic records instead of the paper logs.
Electronic logging devices would automatically keep track of the location of the truck, vehicle movement, engine hours and miles driven. The engine hours are how they will keep track of driving hours to keep up with whether a driver is compliant with the laws or not.
If you are injured in a truck accident, an electronic log can be used to determine the driver's compliance with HOS regulations and to determine if the trucker was fatigued. That information might give you the information you need to determine how you want to move forward with your personal injury claim.
Source: U.S. News, "To Fight Fatigue, Truckers Must File Electronically," Joan Lowy, Dec. 10, 2015