How Electronic Logbooks Can Reduce Truck Accidents


truckers reviewing a tabletTraditionally, truckers have used paper logbooks to note their hours driven and breaks taken. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented new rules that mandate electronic logbooks be installed on most trucks. Learn more about this rule and how it may reduce the number of truck accidents.

What’s the ELD Rule?

The electronic logging device (ELD) rule was congressionally mandated as part of MAP-21 and is intended to create a safer work environment for truckers and a safer road for motorists. In short, the ELD rule:
  • Requires ELD use by commercial truckers who are required to report hours-of-service records of duty status.
  • Sets ELD performance standards and requires ELDs to be certified and registered with FMCSA.
  • Prohibits harassment of truckers based on ELD data or connected technology.
  • Provides recourse for truckers who believe they have been harassed on account of ELD data.
The main objective of the ELD rule is to ensure that truckers abide by the hours-of-service regulations set forth by the FMCSA. These regulations mandate that truckers must take a 30-minute break after 8 consecutive hours of driving. The purpose of this regulation is to ensure that truckers get the rest they need and, in so doing, reduce the number of drowsy truckers on the road. In contrast to traditional paper logbooks, ELDs are much more difficult (if not impossible) to forge. This means that truckers are more inclined to take the mandated breaks because they will be held more accountable for them. Additionally, if a trucker does skip a break, the evidence will be right there in the ELD.

Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact Us Today

Despite the ELD rule, truck crashes caused by drowsy truckers still happen. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, our Kansas City and Topeka personal injury attorneys are here to help. We have the experience and resources needed to take on large trucking companies and their insurers, and we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Call DiPasquale Moore at (816) 888-7500 to schedule a free consultation.


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