Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are federally mandated devices that help to increase the safety of the roads for drivers. The device is linked to the commercial truck driver’s engines to more accurately record the driving times and hours of service. These devices were created to prevent truckers from dozing off while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that drowsy driving was responsible for over 700,000 car accidents in 2013. AAA has reported that 10 percent of car accidents are caused by drowsy driving in earlier this year.
The ELDs are mandated to help prevent commercial truck drivers from driving over the allotted safe driving times.These records are collected electronically for accuracy. Though these mandates are in place to increase road safety, the ELDs do not automatically control the vehicle if the driver goes over their allotted driving time.
When driving around large commercial trucks, it’s important to practice driving safety. Here are some tips to keep you safe when driving near sem-trucks:
- Stay out of blind spots. Make sure to stay 30 feet behind a commercial truck. Avoid left and right side blind spots. Stay at least 20 feet in front of commercial trucks.
- Wide turns. Large vehicles often have wider turning radiuses. Don’t block the box as often trucks will swing wide to anticipate turns.
- Passing. Move to the left lane and accelerate as you pass the truck. You don’t want to get stuck in their blind spots.
Questions About A Car Accident With A Commercial Truck?
If you’ve been in a car accident with a commercial truck, it may have been due to drowsy driving. Contact the attorneys at McArthur Law Firm have extensive experience handling truck accident cases. You could speak to one of our Macon truck accident attorneys during a free consultation. We can help you determine your possible options for seeking compensation for your injuries or loss.