Electronic on-board recorders (EOBR) are electronic devices attached to
commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to improve the safety of trucks and truck
drivers across the United States. These EOBRs record the amount of time
a vehicles is being driven.
In January 2011, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
proposed a rule requiring EOBRs for interstation commercial truck and
bus companies. The proposal would affect more than 500,000 carriers in
the country. However, the only mandatory EOBR use law is for companies
with a poor compliance record, which went into effect in June 2012.
Part of the reason these devices are important is they record how much
time a driver has spent on the road. Every driver obligated only to drive
a certain number of hours. These hours, called hours of service (HOS),
were set in place to prevent CMV drivers from becoming overworked and fatigued.
In the past, before these regulations were put in place, many CMV accidents
were caused by drivers who had been working for more than 8 hours at a
time on a regular basis. Drivers more regularly caused accidents when
fatigued then not, so the FMCSA created working hour regulations all truck
drivers are still obliged to follow.
However, when a driver fails to adhere to these HOS and drives overtime,
he or she is putting himself or herself and others at risk. Studies have
shown driving fatigued is just as dangerous as driving drunk, because
it slows down the reaction time of the person operating the vehicle. EOBRs
are designed to prevent this HOS violation from happening.
For example, if a passenger car driver gets into a crash with a CMV driver
who was working longer hours than is legal, the CMV driver and his or
her employee would be on the line for negligence. The passenger car driver’s
lawyer would look at the EOBR as evidence of the CMV driver’s noncompliance
with HOS regulations, which makes it more likely the passenger car driver
would recover compensation for the accident.
Commercial truck accidents can be extremely dangerous, which is why CMV
drivers are so highly regulated. When big rigs get into an accident, the
results can be catastrophic. If you or a loved one were injured by a negligent
truck driver, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our skilled
Greenville truck accident attorneys are happy to look over your case and give you legal advice about your
best course of action to recover compensation for medical bills, lost
wages, and pain and suffering.
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