The idea behind trucking logs makes sense. The log shows when the driver was at work. It can then be used to ensure that he or she follows all of the specific trucking regulations about hours on the road, mandatory breaks, time spent sleeping and maximum work hours in a week.
Ideally, this process eliminates the issue of drowsy truck drivers. Without regulations, and with drivers who are paid by the mile or the job, truckers may be tempted to work so long that they become unsafe, trying to earn more.
Do the logs really help? They can, but they don’t totally eliminate drowsy drivers. Unfortunately, some truckers can and will falsify their logs.
For example, one woman has been working to fight drowsy driving since her teenage son was killed in an accident. He, along with a car filled with friends, noticed that the vehicle’s engine was overheating. They pulled off of the road.
Then a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel. The truck left the road and hit the car, crushing it and killing all but one of the teens inside.
The driver had been keeping logs, but he’d falsified them. He was punished for it, but it was far too late to help the woman’s son.
This doesn’t mean that regulations aren’t a good idea, but it’s important to remember the realities of the situation. People will break any regulations that are made, so the risks still exist, even with laws to prevent them.
It’s crucial for anyone who is hurt in an accident — or parents who have lost a child — to know all about their potential rights to compensation. This can help cover the financial burden of a tragic and avoidable crash.
Source: Huffington Post, “Inside One Woman’s Fight To Get Tired Truckers Off The Road,” Krithika Varagur, Oct. 12, 2017