Since commercial trucks and tractor-trailers pose a huge risk to other
drivers who share the roads and highways throughout the United States,
these vehicles, their companies, and their drivers are overseen by state
and federal government entities. Included in many regulations set forth
in order to reduce the risks of
truck accidents, injuries, and
deaths, once of them involves the use of electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs).
What Are Electronic On-Board Recorders?
EOBRs are devices which keep track of the miles a vehicle has driven, enabling
regulators to see if a driver has been operating a vehicle for too long.
Driving for more than 11 straight hours is both a violation of Hours-of-Service
rules in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations
and a common cause for
The Importance of EOBRs
Before, drivers were required to record their hours driven in written logbooks
which are later reviewed by inspectors. Unfortunately, these books were
often forged and inaccurate, so that truckers avoided being penalized
for operating their vehicles over the federal time limits.
So in 2015, the FMCSA finalized a rule to adopt the use of electronic recorders
in commercial trucks. Officials of the government agency report that requiring
EOBRs in trucks that ship interstate can prevent over an estimated 560
injuries and more than 25 lives annually.
Injured in a Truck Accident Caused by a Fatigued Driver?
If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident and suffered serious
Richmond personal injury attorney at
Halperin Law Center can conduct a thorough investigation of the crash, drivers, and companies
involved. Since driver fatigue is a common cause of truck accidents, we
pay close attention to reviewing driver logs and EOBRs. If there is any
evidence of the violation of Hours-of-Service rules, we can develop a
strong and personalized case strategy to obtain the maximum amount of
Contact us and request a
free consultation today.