We previously wrote about the role truck driver fatigue may play as a contributing factor in a truck accident. This is particularly the case in situation in which an 18-wheeler accident occurs when the driver fails to stop for traffic congestion and plows into the rear of other vehicles.
Federal trucking regulations have mandated the use of a trucking log by truck drivers, in part, to provide a method for law enforcement and government officials to monitor compliance with limitations on the hours drivers are allowed to spend behind the wheel each day. The paper-trucking log has been around since 1938 and has long been the subject of criticism because of the ease with which drivers can use them to provide inaccurate information. For example, some drivers keep two trucking logs to avoid detection of hour-limit violations by safety inspectors.
New federal trucking regulations were recently announced that require all trucks to be equipped with electronic logs. The devices will automatically record the hours truckers spend behind the wheel through sensors that detect engine usage, movement of the truck, mileage and other information. Officials are hoping that the electronic trucking log will be resistant to tampering, so they can enforce rules designed to prevent truck driver fatigue.
Truck driver fatigue can contribute to causing someone to become an inattentive truck driver. Slowed reflexes and lack of concentration and mental focus may also be factors in causing a semi truck accident that might be avoided if a driver is not tired from having driven for too many hours.
Victims of trucking accidents who have suffered serious injuries might be entitled to compensation. Consulting an Orange County, California, personal injury attorney could provide much needed legal advice and guidance.
Source: ABC News, "New Rule: Truck Drivers Must Electronically Record Hours," Joan Lowy, Dec. 10, 2015