Trucks that carry heavy loads provide significant hazards on the road in the state of Georgia. If a load is too heavy or unbalanced, this can lead to the truck losing control on the road. This, in turn, can lead to direct collisions between other cars on the road and the truck, causing serious injuries and tragically, death. There are many reasons why trucks are particularly hazardous, but many of these factors are completely preventable.
In recent years, technology has been developed to try to prevent these tragic occurrences, as well as to report the factors leading up to the incident. The technology was so successful, in fact, that in 2015 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a mandate for compliance with this technology.
This means that more than 3 million drivers of commercial vehicles and other heavy-duty vehicles must have complied with electronic logging device regulations by December 2017.
What are electronic logging devices?
Electronic logging devices are solutions that connect to different aspects of a vehicle to show performance. For example, the electronic logging device must connect to the engine of the truck. This will then record whether the engine is on, and it will store this information. The electronic logging device should also record other information that could be utilized after a collision, such as how many hours the truck was in operation each day, the speed of the truck and whether the truck driver was on or off duty.
If you have been involved in a collision involving a truck in the state of Georgia, it is important that you try to utilize the information stored in the electronic logging device. An experienced attorney can help you get access to that information.