Knowing what information is recorded on a truck drivers’ ELD (Electronic Logging Device) device can be especially helpful to someone who was involved in an accident with a large truck in Houston, TX or lost a loved one to a tragic crash. Why? Well, the ELD records specific information, some of which can be used to determine if the trucker was in violation of one or more rules or regulations and knowing this can help determine if his or her actions contributed to causing the accident.
To give you a better idea of what an ELD is and what information is recorded on these devices, below we are sharing with you some very important information that can be useful to have, whether you decide to pursue legal action or not.
Understanding the Purpose of an ELD
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an ELD will automatically record the following information at certain intervals:
- Location information- This is recorded by the device at 60-minute intervals when the vehicle is in motion, when the driver starts or stops the engine, changes duty status, and indicates personal use or yard moves.
- Engine hours
- Vehicle miles
- Identification information for the driver- Aside from the device identifying who the driver is that is operating the vehicle, it also calculates how long he or she has been operating the vehicle for. If you weren’t aware, commercial truck drivers are required to abide by what is called the Hours-of-Service Rules. These rules specify how many hours a driver is permitted to operate a vehicle and outlines the consequences for when a trucker drives beyond this timeframe. For example, most property carrying truckers are subject to an 11-hour driving period. The FMCSA states that these drivers may only drive for a maximum of 11 hours after spending 10 consecutive hours off duty.
There are many instances where a trucker may go over the allotted number of hours they are permitted to drive, and in most cases, this is a violation of the rules and regulations they are expected to comply with. A trucker who travels for periods longer than what is stipulated in the hours-of-service rules places the lives around them at risk as they could become tired, fatigued, and unable to concentrate on the road. If you were involved in a truck collision in Houston, TX with a driver who was in violation of the hours-of-service rules, you should speak with a Houston truck accident lawyer to find out what your next steps should be.
Now, some things the ELD won’t record is data pertaining to “vehicle speed, braking action, steering function, or other vehicle performance parameter.” This, however, may be recovered from other devices the truck is equipped with. While you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by this information as you aren’t sure how you are going to access it, this is something for a TX truck accident lawyer to worry about. While you and/or your loved ones focus on recovering from the crash, the attorneys at Blizzard Law, PLLC can help you gather the necessary evidence you will need to support your case. This, in turn, may help you to recover compensation that will allow you to afford medical bills, therapy, cost of living, and more.
To schedule a consultation to find out what Blizzard Law, PLLC can do for you and your family, contact an attorney now at 713-844-3750.
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