How do Truck Drivers Log Their Driving Time?

 

 

 

 

 

Accidents with big rigs are dangerous and terrifying. Those involved in truck crashes are often seriously hurt. After a crash, all aspects of the situation need to be analyzed. An experienced Houston truck accident attorney will work to gather information and details about the crash. One factor that often comes into play is whether the truck driver was fatigued, a type of driver impairment. Truck drivers are limited to how long they can drive before they need to rest. Drivers and trucking companies are required to log the driver’s time behind the wheel.

Truck Driver Logging Requirements

In the past, trucking companies and drivers were required to keep paper logs of their time and their work. The problem with these records is that they can easily be changed, lost or destroyed. As a result, the driver’s account of time behind the wheel could not be reviewed. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees the rules and regulations regarding truck safety.

The industry is moving to Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). ELDs are devices that automatically record the details of the truck driver. The devices eliminate the need for paperwork and drivers do not have to spend time keeping track of their activities. ELDs also make it easier to obtain accurate driver logs after a truck accident.

Electronic Logging Devices

In the past, truck drivers utilized a system called an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD). These devices are the precursors to ELDs and are still being used by many companies. Trucking companies have until the end of 2019 to provide ELDs and may still utilize AOBRDs until then if they have been properly approved.

ELDs have more capabilities and are more reliable than AOBRDs. ELDs also have the ability to transfer data electronically using web services and email and local transfers using Bluetooth and USB devices. The electronic capabilities allow for more accurate driver logs. They also provide the ability to review the data with assurance that it is correct.

 After an Accident with a Truck

After an accident with a truck, it is advisable to seek legal guidance from an experienced Houston truck accident attorney. Your lawyer will immediately act to secure information and data about the accident including information from the ELD. Your attorney will review the log information to determine whether the driver was driving according to the law. The driver can only drive for a certain length of time before he or she must take a break.

Sometimes, a driver may work longer hours than he should, often because drivers might be paid by the load. Drivers may try to push their limits and could be fatigued which might cause an accident. If the driver was driving while fatigued and did not take the required breaks or rest time, he or she could be found grossly negligent in the accident.

If you were hurt in an accident with a truck in Houston you may be entitled to compensation that might include money for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Contact our truck crash legal team at (281) 893-0760!

 

 

 

Resources

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2015-12-16/pdf/2015-31336.pdf

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/eld-checklist-carriers

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do Truck Drivers Log Their Driving Time?

Accidents with big rigs are dangerous and terrifying. Those involved in truck crashes are often seriously hurt. After a crash, all aspects of the situation need to be analyzed. An experienced Houston truck accident attorney will work to gather information and details about the crash. One factor that often comes into play is whether the truck driver was fatigued, a type of driver impairment. Truck drivers are limited to how long they can drive before they need to rest. Drivers and trucking companies are required to log the driver’s time behind the wheel.

Truck Driver Logging Requirements

In the past, trucking companies and drivers were required to keep paper logs of their time and their work. The problem with these records is that they can easily be changed, lost or destroyed. As a result, the driver’s account of time behind the wheel could not be reviewed. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees the rules and regulations regarding truck safety.

The industry is moving to Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). ELDs are devices that automatically record the details of the truck driver. The devices eliminate the need for paperwork and drivers do not have to spend time keeping track of their activities. ELDs also make it easier to obtain accurate driver logs after a truck accident.

Electronic Logging Devices

In the past, truck drivers utilized a system called an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD). These devices are the precursors to ELDs and are still being used by many companies. Trucking companies have until the end of 2019 to provide ELDs and may still utilize AOBRDs until then if they have been properly approved.

ELDs have more capabilities and are more reliable than AOBRDs. ELDs also have the ability to transfer data electronically using web services and email and local transfers using Bluetooth and USB devices. The electronic capabilities allow for more accurate driver logs. They also provide the ability to review the data with assurance that it is correct.

 After an Accident with a Truck

After an accident with a truck, it is advisable to seek legal guidance from an experienced Houston truck accident attorney. Your lawyer will immediately act to secure information and data about the accident including information from the ELD. Your attorney will review the log information to determine whether the driver was driving according to the law. The driver can only drive for a certain length of time before he or she must take a break.

Sometimes, a driver may work longer hours than he should, often because drivers might be paid by the load. Drivers may try to push their limits and could be fatigued which might cause an accident. If the driver was driving while fatigued and did not take the required breaks or rest time, he or she could be found grossly negligent in the accident.

If you were hurt in an accident with a truck in Houston you may be entitled to compensation that might include money for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Contact our legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm for a free case consultation.

 

 

 

Resources

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2015-12-16/pdf/2015-31336.pdf

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/eld-checklist-carriers

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