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Are electronic logging devices required for trucks?

Truck drivers have a variety of things that they must do while on Illinois roadways. These drivers must, for example, keep a trucking log. This log reports important information about the truck driver and about the truck. This information can include the hours of service that the driver has performed and any maintenance that has been undertaken on the vehicle. These logging requirements have been in place for some time.

However, the world is changing. People are no longer doing business on pen and paper. Instead, people are turning to electronic devices in order to more accurately and efficiently record data. The same is true for the trucking industry. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers and truck companies must automate their trucking logs. In other words, truck companies must switch to electronic logging devices.

Under a rule created by the FMCSA, this switch must be made within the next two years. Reports estimate that up to three million drivers will need to make a change as a result of this new rule.

These electronic logs are supposed to help keep people safer on the roadways. Studies estimate that the electronic logs can help prevent up to 562 injuries and up to 26 deaths per year involving trucks in the United States. Electronic logs are also supposed to make it easier for authorities to track and confirm violations of other trucking laws.

Hopefully, electronic trucking logs will help to prevent truck accidents in Illinois. These accidents can be devastating for those involved. They can leave individuals with serious injuries and can cause fatalities. Often, these accidents are caused by negligent truck drivers who fail to follow commercial trucking regulations and basic traffic rules. In these cases, individuals should seek specific legal advice from an attorney. These individuals may be entitled to compensation as a result of a truck driver's negligence.

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