There is no question that commercial trucks pose a significant risk to other drivers who share the roads throughout the country. In order to prevent devastating truck accidents, state and federal government entities oversee the activities of the trucking industry.
The Inaccuracy of Logbooks
One of the most common accidents occurs because of fatigued driving. In order to prevent this type of accident, truck drivers were required by law to record their hours driven in written log books, which would be later reviewed by inspectors. Unfortunately, these logbooks were typically forged and thus were inaccurate, which enables truckers to avoid being penalized for operating past the Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
The Importance of Electronic Onboard Recorders
According to the FMCSA’s 2011 analysis of driver logs and EOBRs, 1.2 million out of 3.5 million drivers surveyed were cited for violations. Nearly half of those violations were HOS violations.
In 2015, the FMCSA made it a rule to use electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) in commercial vehicles to keep an accurate account of how many miles each trucker drives. Government officials believe that requiring truckers to use EOBRs in their vehicles can prevent more than an estimated 560 injuries and over 25 fatalities every year.
In the event of a truck accident, EOBR can serve as crucial evidence. These devices record where a trucker drives, where they stop and the length of time they rest and drive