How Will New Rules Reduce Fatal Trucking Accidents?

By March 20, 2014Car & Truck Accidents

Tired or speeding big rig drivers are responsible for thousands of catastrophic motor vehicle accidents each year in this country. The federal government recently outlined two steps to address both of these dangerous over-the-road factors.

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCA) has issued a formal proposal to mandate electronic logging devices for many truck drivers, which will replace the current paper versions. These devices, or ELDs, will better keep track of a truck driver’s work history. They will be tamper-resistant and synched with the truck’s engine to record, among other data, miles driven and engine hours.

The electronic devices should paint a more accurate picture than the easily changed paper versions as to whether or not a truck driver violated federal Hours of Service rules. Those rules are designed to limit the number of hours a truck driver can be on the road each week and likewise reduce the number of fatigued drivers on the road.

The FMCA projects that these ELDs will eliminate as many as 1,425 truck crashes each year.

The Department of Transportation recently revealed its plans to issue a new rule requiring speed limiters on large commercial trucks. The rule may go in effect this fall.

Speed Limiters for Commercial Trucks

Apparently, the speed limiters would apply to commercial trucks that:

• Weigh more than 26,000 pounds

• Travel on roads that have a speed limit of 55 mph or higher

According to the DOT, the use of these speed limiters would reduce the 1,115 fatal crashes linked to trucks each year that are this heavy and traveling at these high speeds.

The speed of the truck, the size of the truck, and the condition and actions of the truck driver are all factors that can cause catastrophic motor vehicle accidents. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident with a commercial truck, you may want to consult an attorney who can conduct an in-depth investigation to determine who is responsible and hold them accountable.