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Rules of the Road: New Federal Regulations Aimed to Make Roads Safer

January 1, 1970 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

Commercial TruckMost trucking companies and drivers are subject to state and federal regulations. Federal regulations are promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”). The FMCSA has various guidelines that trucking companies and drivers must follow.

One of the biggest contributing factors to trucking accidents is driver fatigue. This is only logical – tired drivers are more prone to mistakes. Sometimes drivers underestimate their ability to concentrate and their stamina in driving these large vehicles on the road. Often, drivers want to drive more because they can make more money. Unfortunately, as with any driver, a tired driver is a dangerous driver.

It is important to note that drivers have been required to note their hours in logbooks for many years. The problem is that sometimes drivers do not properly enter accurate information into their logbooks. Cutting shortcuts in this area leads to more drivers on the road that should not be. Thus, serious accidents happen and people are hurt.

In trucking accident lawsuits, logbooks are almost always a critical piece of evidence. Logbooks are usually to able to show where the driver has been, when and how long he/she has been on the road, and illustrate where they were going before an accident occurs. All of the above is vital information to both parties.

The FMCSA recently passed a new regulation requiring the use of digital logbooks by the end of 2017. This decision likely will impact drivers’ behavior; by using digital logbooks drivers are less likely to cheat, and this will ensure more accurate information. Hopefully, less trucking accidents will occur as a result of this measure.

If you are in an accident involving a truck or 18-wheeler, it is critical to hire attorneys that know what evidence to obtain and utilize in a lawsuit. The truck accident attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. are happy to evaluate your case at no cost. Contact our firm today if you are a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident

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