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Electronic Logging Device Rule

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The trucking accident lawyers at Whiting Law Group, Ltd. always keep up-to-date on the most current rules and regulations imposed on the trucking industry. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety[1] Administration (FMCSA) has amended the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to establish minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service electronic logging devices as well as requirements concerning hours-of-service supporting documents. The Electronic Logging Device Rule[2] improves commercial motor vehicle safety and reduces the paperwork burden for both motor carriers and drivers by increasing the use of electronic logging devices.

ELD Law
ELD Law

An electronic logging device synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier and more accurate hours-of-service records.  The Rule compliance date is December 18, 2017, and both carriers and drivers who are using paper logs or logging software must transition to electronic devices prior to that time.  The U.S. Transportation Secretary[3] Anthony Foxx provides that “[t]his automated technology not only brings logging records into the modern age, it also allows roadside safety inspectors to unmask violations of federal law that put lives at risk.”  FMCSA estimates that the Rule will save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries resulting from crashes involving large commercial motor vehicles based on their safety study[4] that found significant reductions in the overall crash rate and the preventable crash rate for trucks with electronic devices compared to those trucks that do not have such electronic logging devices.

ELD Status Grid
ELD Status Grid

The Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Transportation Safety provides that accidents involving tractor-trailers accounted for 3% of the overall crashes, [5] 10.5% of fatal crashes and 2.9% of the injury crashes statewide in 2013. Based upon the FMCSA estimates, these numbers should decrease as of 2018 after the new rule is implemented.

If you or a loved one are involved in an accident with a large truck, there may be serious and even permanent injuries requiring medical attention.  It will be necessary for you to speak to an Illinois trucking accident attorney regarding the compensation to which you are entitled.  Whiting Law Group takes a personal interest in every case that comes into our office. If you are looking for an attorney that will give you undivided individual attention, commitment to excellence, and use every possible resource available to help you win your case, then please contact Mr. Whiting directly for a free consultation toll- free at 1-877-936-7200 or by email at twhiting@wlglaw.net. There is no fee unless we win your case.

References

[1] https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/electronic-logging-devices

[2] https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-16/pdf/2015-31336.pdf

[3] https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/electronic-logging-devices-be-required-across-commercial-truck-and-bus-industries

[4] https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/FMCSA-ELD-Final-Rule_12-10-2015.pdf

[5] http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/crash-facts/2013%20CF.pdf