Electronic On-Board Recorders in Trucks
Electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) are devices that are installed in commercial trucks to:
- Monitor the number of hours truck drivers are operating these vehicles
- Try to enforce federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which are aimed at reducing truck accidents caused by truck driver fatigue by limiting the number of hours that drivers can operate trucks in a given day or week.
Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently working to develop regulations that would require EOBRs in more commercial vehicles, at this point, only about 5,700 interstate trucking companies are legally required to have electronic on-board recorders in their vehicles. This requirement has stemmed from findings that at least 10 percent of truck drivers employed by these companies have violated federal HOS regulations.
For these companies (and others that may be installing electronic on-board recorders in their vehicles in order to receive federal subsidies), EOBRs are taking the place of hand written log books filled out by truck drivers.
How EOBRs Work
Electronic on-board records are very similar to “black boxes” on airplanes because, in the event of a truck accident, EOBRs in trucks can provide details regarding:
- How fast the truck was going at the time of the accident
- How long the truck had been operating (i.e., whether or not the truck driver was in compliance with or in violation of federal HOS regulations)
- Where the truck was at the time of the accident
- Other performance related data associated with the truck at the time of the accident (for example, whether any of the truck’s equipment was malfunctioning immediately prior to the accident).
Given all of the information that EOBRs can provide, these devices can play a pivotal role in helping truck accident victims:
- Find evidence against negligent truck drivers and/or trucking companies following a truck accident
- Obtain the compensation they need and deserve following a truck accident.
How Our Boulder Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Since 2011, the Boulder truck accident lawyer at Cederberg Law has been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured in truck accidents caused by other individuals’ negligence and recklessness. Having handled countless cases, our attorney and his legal team have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need to defend your rights in any legal setting.
At Cederberg Law, you will not be handed off to a paralegal or assistant. You will receive personal attention and professional service from an experienced lawyer who cares about you and who is dedicated to providing you with superior legal services at every stage of your case. In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyer makes hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, call us at 303-499-0449 or email us using the form at the left-hand side of the screen to learn more about your rights and receive a thorough, professional evaluation of your case for free.