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Electronic logging could cut down on fatigued truck driving

Illinois motorists may be concerned about sharing the roadways with large trucks and buses. These massive vehicles carry specific safety risks, not only for themselves but also for others on the road. The inherent danger of large semi-trucks can be accentuated when truck drivers are fatigued or overworked.

The threat posed by fatigued truck drivers has sparked a federal regulation for a new system to log driver working time. The use of Electronic Logging Devices, or ELDs, has been mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) beginning in mid-December 2017. These devices will be required in long-haul trucks to track, manage, record and share a driver's time on the road.

There have been objections to the use of electronic loggers by independent truck drivers who have claimed that the monitoring devices invade their privacy and allow the federal government to track them 24 hours a day. The logging rule's purpose is to prevent false information from being entered into paper trucking logs. The electronic devices link directly into the engine of a semi-truck and measure movement and time behind the wheel.

Many truckers have also stated that they are concerned that they will lose out on pay while spending idle time waiting for loads due to the tracking devices. On the other hand, the FMCSA has noted that the devices have the potential to cut down on crashes by preventing exhausted drivers from getting on the road after they can no longer safely operate their vehicles.

Exhaustion can be a primary contributor to dangerous trucking accidents. A personal injury lawyer can provide advice and representation to those who have been hurt by a semi-truck. The attorney could help victims pursue compensation for medical bills or other damages.

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