Electronic onboard records have been used on commercial trucks for decades to record certain information about trucks’ travels and drivers’ behaviors. Despite being used for some time in the U.S., however, EOBRs have been the subject of some controversy in the trucking industry, as they represent the fight between efforts to improve roadway safety (and reduce truck accidents) versus those to keep industry operating costs down.
Below, we’ll point out some of the most important facts to know about EOBRs. If, however, you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact a trusted Denver truck accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm for experienced help obtaining the compensation you may deserve.
EOBR Facts: Here’s What You Should Know
1 – EOBRs record a lot of info in real time.
In fact, EOBRs, which are directly connected to a vehicle’s engine control module, capture data that can include (but is by no means limited to):
- A truck’s route and location
- The status of a truck’s essential equipment (and specifically whether any equipment may be ready for repair or replacement)
- The drivers’ on-duty versus off-duty time.
2 – EOBRs can be crucial to the enforcement of HOS regulations.
In fact, because EOBRs can record drivers’ on-duty versus off-duty time, they can effectively document whether truck drivers are in compliance with federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. In turn, these devices can be helpful to deterring HOS violations, possibly reducing the risk of driver fatigue-related truck accidents.
3 – EOBRs could soon be mandatory for most commercial trucks.
Interestingly, a bill that is currently making its way through Congress could require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to set deadlines for developing a Final Rule to mandate the use of EOBRs in most commercial trucks. If this bill (HR 2577) ends up becoming law, the FMCSA would reportedly have only 60 days to develop this Rule.
4 – After a truck accident, EOBRs can provide essential data regarding a trucker’s possible role in causing the accident.
This is an important fact to know after a truck accident, as EOBRs can provide crucial evidence to establishing truck driver negligence, such as drivers’:
- Failure to comply with HOS rules (or other federal trucking regulations)
- Failure to comply with basic traffic laws (because, for instance, they were speeding)
- Failure to maintain trucks.
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