Congress is attempting to enact a directive to review the technology behind Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) installed on interstate commercial trucks. Congress is attempting to prevent states from enacting laws that would set meal and rest requirements for interstate truck drivers as well. For many, these Congressional efforts signal a move away from making interstate truck driving safer.
In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule mandating the implementation of Electronic Logging Devices by December 2017. The focus of the mandate was to implement measures that would not only increase safety but make recordkeeping less time consuming and expensive.
ELD implementation is about safety. One of the ways ELDs improve safety is by providing a greater amount of real-time information to dispatchers. Because an ELD does not control the truck, the truck driver remains responsible for following all traffic laws. Rather, the ELD monitors the driver’s remaining driving time, transmitting that information to the dispatcher. A dispatcher can use this information to make smarter decisions thereby keeping drivers and roads safer.
ELDs also permit data such as Hours of Service records to be transmitted to officers when necessary. This helps drivers save time at roadside inspections. Monitoring violations is also simplified. It is anticipated that this will discourage drivers and trucking companies from driving in excess of federally-allowed drive times. This can help keep truck drivers rested and aware, and it may help reduce truck-related accidents.
Truck Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
Despite the continuous efforts of trucking companies and government agencies, trucks still pose a risk to drivers. Nationwide in 2015, there were 3,598 fatal accidents involving large trucks and 4,067 total fatalities. Additionally, there were 138,000 people injured in truck-related accidents throughout 2015.
A truck’s sheer size makes it more likely that injuries will occur in truck-related accidents. Some common injuries resulting from accidents involving trucks include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Nerve/brain damage
- Spinal injuries
These injuries, which can range from relatively minor to life-threatening, may cause temporary or lasting complications for the victim and his family. The injuries and resulting complications may result in permanent disability, excessive medical expenses, a victim’s inability to work, and even a complete change in the victim’s and her family’s way of living.
Contact a Gainesville Personal Injury Attorney Today
Contact Meldon Law if you or a loved one was recently involved in an accident involving a commercial truck. The skilled attorneys at Meldon Law have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Schedule your consultation by calling (800) 373-8000 today or send us an email through our online contact form.