Electronic on-board recorders (EOBR) are electronic devices installed in
commercial motor vehicles (CMV). They were created to help record the
driving hours of commercial drivers, or those who drive trucks and buses.
Driving hours are set by federal regulations issued by the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These hours are called the Hours
of Service (HOS), and they apply to truck drivers, commercial and city
bus drivers, and school bus drivers who operate CMVs.
Regulating hours is so important because, before these regulations existed,
commercial drivers and/or their supervisors would push the number of hours
these CMV operators worked. Instead of a typical 8- or 12-hour work shift,
these drivers would take stimulants that allowed them to continue driving
rather than sleeping. Too often, this resulted in drivers falling asleep
behind the wheel and ultimately causing an accident.
Even with these regulations, some drivers and employers still violate the
HOS in an attempt to improve shipment time and keep from losing money.
These drivers, while rarer after the regulations were put in place,
do cause problems when they make mistakes driving their CMVs. Some commercial
trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, which makes crashing into them
If you were injured by a commercial motor vehicle, and the truck had an
electronic logging device installed, you may be able to use the tool to
help prove the driver was working beyond the legal longer hours.
For help investigating your truck accident and filing a personal injury
suit to recover lost wages and any medical bills you may have accrued
as the result of the accident, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Accidents with CMVs can cause catastrophic injuries that can sometimes
last a lifetime. If you or a loved one has been severely injured by a
CMV, let our
Kingston truck accident attorneys help you seek compensation.
Call us at (845) 340-HURT or fill out our online form to schedule a
free case consultation with us today!