The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published its electronic onboard recorder (EOBR) proposal just a few short days after it received approval from the government. According to the agency, the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would improve the safety of commercial motor vehicles and reduce the burden of the paperwork required for both motor carriers and drivers.
FMCSA Proposes New Truck Driving Regulations
The new rule would establish four amendments to the agency’s current truck driving regulations as follows:
- Minimum design and performance standards for electronic logging devices (ELDs) which are used to prove hours-of-service (HOS)
- Ways to address concerns about harassment resulting from the obligatory use of ELDs
- Requirements for the required use of ELDs by drivers necessary to prepare HOS records of duty status
- Requirements pertaining to supporting documents to prove HOS
Other agencies are also supporting the proposal which would force the mandatory use of Electronic Logging Devices, previously known as Electronic Onboard Recorders, while others have expressed concern. In the past, EOBRs would allow dispatchers to reportedly “coerce” or “bully” drivers into driving for longer stretches of time or when they feel it would be unsafe to operate the vehicle since dispatchers know exactly how many hours a day a driver has left at any given time.
For example, a driver may wish to wait out severe weather conditions but may feel forced to continue through hazards by the dispatchers. The proposed rule would contain specific measures that would prevent such harassment and keep fatigued drivers off the road, potentially preventing 20 deaths and 434 injuries each year while saving an estimated $394.89 million. As a result, there could be fewer drivers filing a semi truck accident lawsuit after sustaining injuries in accidents due to driver negligence.
Additionally, mandatory EOBRs would reduce the amount of violations as truck drivers would be unable to misrepresent their time as they are able to do currently using standard logbooks. The rule is anticipated to go into effect two years after it is published, which is likely to happen at the end of 2014. With this schedule, the rules will go into effect toward the end of 2016.
Importance of Truck Driving Regulations
Truck driving regulations may be useful in preventing truck driver fatigue, distracted driving and other types of negligence. Those who are injured in an accident due to negligence may consider filing a semi truck accident lawsuit in an effort to seek compensation for their condition. According to statistics, more than 500,000 semi truck accidents occur each year in the U.S.
Truck driving regulations can include a steep penalty for drivers who operate a semi truck while distracted behind the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prohibited the use of mobile devices in an attempt to prevent texting by semi truck drivers while they are operating large commercial vehicles. Other truck driving regulations involve specifications pertaining to the hours in which a truck driver may continuously operate his vehicle before taking a federally mandated break.
However, despite truck driving regulations existing to help prevent accidents, crashes do occur due to negligence, driving under the influence, improperly maintained vehicles and other factors. Those who have been injured are urged to seek legal counsel to determine whether they have a valid semi truck accident lawsuit.
Do You Have a Semi Truck Accident Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love were injured and would like to learn more about filing a semi truck accident lawsuit, contact the American Injury Attorney Group as soon as possible. We will review your case, help you to determine if you have a valid claim and connect you with an experienced attorney who can assist you in recovering compensation from your semi truck accident lawsuit for damages you have suffered. You may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses, depending on the conditions of your semi truck accident lawsuit.
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