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FMCSA Proposes use of Electronic Logbooks in Commercial Trucks

It is nearly impossible to drive in Atlanta and not see semi-trucks on a daily basis. Also known as tractor trailers, these vehicles are an important part of the national economy, hauling millions of tons of cargo from city to city each year. While essential, they also pose a risk of significant injury to other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who share the road with them. Because of this risk, many aspects of the trucking industry are regulated. Unfortunately, these regulations are not always followed, sometimes resulting in serious accidents. Anyone who has been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck should be certain to discuss their case with one of the Peachtree City truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

Among the issues regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are the number of hours a commercial truck driver may drive in a given period. Known as “hours of service” regulations, these rules are intended to ensure that drivers get enough rest and do not drive while fatigued. These regulations are not always followed, however, as truck drivers are often incentivized to meet tight deadlines and drive as far as possible every day.

Currently, truck drivers are required to keep logbooks detailing their hours in order to ensure compliance with hours of service regulations. In an effort to make truckers logbooks more difficult to falsify, the FMCSA has proposed that commercial trucking companies that are involved in interstate commerce be required to install Electronic Logging Devices in their vehicles. According to the agency, the requirement would increase compliance with hours of service regulations and also significantly reduce the burden of recordkeeping associated with the regulations, among other benefits.

Contact a Peachtree City truck accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation

Several studies have indicated that driving while fatigued is just as dangerous as driving while impaired. Truck drivers who violate hours of service regulations and cause accidents should be held accountable for their actions. The truck accident lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping truck accident victims recover. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia