The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has announced amendments to existing trucking regulations concerning electronic logging devices to be used by truck drivers. The amendments require all truck drivers to use these devices by December 18, 2017, with the goal being to improve safety, reduce paperwork, and produce more accurate time logs for truck drivers. Ultimately, the FMCSA hopes that implementing the so-called electronic logging rule will cause a large decrease in the number of preventable truck accidents, many of which cause serious injuries or fatalities.
Currently, many truck drivers use paper logs or logging software to comply with federal regulations concerning a driver’s hours of service, rest time, and other requirements of the federal government. These regulations are designed to increase safety and reduce the number of overworked and overtired on the nation’s roadways. Moving to electronic logging devices, however, which will synchronize with a truck’s engine, will automatically record a driver’s hours in terms of driving and resting. Electronic logging devices will eliminate the need for paper logs and ensure accuracy in the mandatory reporting process. These devices also will make it much easier for federal motor carrier safety inspectors to discover any violations of federal regulations. Additionally, the FMCSA’s safety study indicates that the electronic logging rule will significantly reduce the overall crash rate for these vehicles.
When a semi-truck accident occurs as a result of the driver’s negligence, and causes injury to a passenger, driver of another vehicle, or even a pedestrian, the injured individual may have a claim for damages under Wisconsin law. However, there are strict time limits on personal injury claims in the state of Wisconsin, and you can lose your right to compensation if you do not consult an experienced lawyer in time. Don’t delay in contacting the Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan, and set up your free consultation today.
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