A Louisianan-trucking log is an important method of verifying that a truck driver is abiding by trucking regulations that are in place to help keep the driving public safe. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and truck driver fatigue and lack of attention to the road, as a result can be a concern. Truck drivers are regulated by the United States Department of Transportation, which sets limits for the numbers of hours truck drivers can spend behind the wheel of a truck without a break.
Trucking log books are kept and used to verify that truck drivers are in compliance with the hours and rest break regulations they must follow. If a negligent driver has caused a truck accident, and a victim wishes to bring a claim for damages suffered in a truck accident, it may be possible to look to the trucking log.
The log may show whether the truck driver failed to abide by hours and rest break regulations. If they did not, they may have been fatigued and negligent in causing the truck accident.
Truck drivers who violate service hour requirements may be hazardous to truck accident victims and place them at risk on the roadways. The rules require that truck drivers have 10 consecutive hours off in between shifts that includes time on duty and not just driving.
The rules can be technical to understand, but it is important for truck drivers to follow the rules and record their hours in the trucking log book. Depending on the state, truck drivers may be cited for logbook violations and civil penalties may certainly apply depending on the circumstances.
Victims of truck accidents can suffer catastrophic injuries and harm because of truck driver negligence or trucking company negligence. As a result, it is important that victims are familiar with the legal protections available to help them recover compensation for harm caused in a truck accident.
Source: Chron.com, "Log Book Rules for Truck Drivers," accessed on Sept. 3, 2017