Commercial truck accidents are still a major problem on U.S. roads, and in 2015, 4,050 trucks were involved in deadly crashes, which was an eight percent increase from 2014.
Part of the reason for the increase is that more trucks were on the road in 2015, leading to more opportunities for accidents.
In an effort to lower the rising number of truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has passed a law that truck carriers must install electronic logging devices (ELDs) in all their trucks by December 2017.
So what are ELDs, and exactly how will they help to prevent truck accidents?
What Are ELDs and How Do They Work To Prevent Truck Accidents?
ELDs are devices that synchronize with the engine of a commercial truck to record driving time and rest time, so that drivers are compliant with the hours of service (HOS) regulations that govern how many hours they can drive before taking a break.
In the past, many truck carriers relied on paper logs that their drivers would fill out on a daily basis, indicating their driving time and their rest time.
The problem, however, was that some drivers falsified these paper logs, claiming to be resting when they were actually driving on the road.
This meant that some drivers were compromised by fatigue because they had not taken the required rest breaks, and fatigued truck drivers are among the leading causes of truck accidents.
In addition to driving and rest time, ELDs also record date, time, location information, engine hours, vehicle miles, and contact information for the driver and carrier.
ELDs cannot be falsified, and the information they record is transmitted to carriers who can better monitor their drivers. Some ELDs also send out alerts or notifications when a driver is nearing the HOS limits, indicating that they need to take a rest.
ELDs are designed to give carriers and drivers more transparency in how they handle the rest and driving periods during a delivery, and to help carriers correct driver mistakes that they observe on recorded video.
By helping drivers adhere to rest rules, the goal is to eliminate driver fatigue as a major factor in truck accidents.
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