Logbooks After a Clarksburg Truck Accident

After any truck accident, you and your Clarksburg truck accident attorney have to collect all of the evidence that is available to prove negligence and liability in your case. This includes the Record of Duty Status, or logbook, which can be instrumental in proving just how much fault should be placed on the driver in question. The logbook can have a major effect on the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit in many cases. If the driver broke DOT regulations or didn’t follow the guidelines of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), it will be reflected in the log.

The U.S. government has the authority to regulate the trucking industry because drivers regularly cross state lines. This resulted in the creation of the FMCSA, which helps regulate and monitor activities in the trucking industry to ensure that procedures are followed safely and effectively.

The rules put down by the FMCSA include:

  • operational hour allowances;
  • breaks required;
  • activities allowed; and
  • necessary items to record, and more.

What a Logbook Contains

The logbook’s primary function is to record when a driver is on or off duty and within that time, drivers must specify:

  • when they take breaks;
  • when they use the sleeper; and
  • when driving or delivering a load.

There are different styles of logbooks that drivers can use today, but they all must contain the same basic details. 

  • Work Period: Drivers have to account for every single minute that they work. This includes driving, loading or unloading, and other work-related activities. Drivers aren’t allowed to drive for more than 10 hours at a time and must record all of their activities.
  • Rest Period: Drivers must have an 8-10 hour break every 24 hours. During this time, they can sleep, eat, shower, relax or do anything that doesn’t involve work. They typically stop at rest areas or truck stops. Once again, every hour must be recorded during the break period so that their time can be accounted for.
  • Sleeper Time: Typically, drivers have sleepers in their trucks. Part of FMCSA regulations state that drivers must spend time in this area every day. They have to record their time spent in the sleeper in the logbook.

Proving Negligence

When proving negligence in a truck accident claim, your Clarksburg personal injury attorney will look to the logbook for evidence. Commercial drivers who operate semi-trucks are required to track their driving habits, stops, breaks and other parts of their trips so that they can provide means of regulation to the Department of Transportation and other authorities.

This information is tracked in a logbook, which is sometimes referred to as a Record of Duty Status. Not only is this helpful in regulating drivers, but it also can be useful in a truck accident claim when fault needs to be found.

Contact Our Clarksburg Truck Accident Lawyers

There are different styles and types of logbooks, as well as different information that can be recorded in each one. In the event of a truck accident or other violation, the Department of Transportation and other authorities can go through this logbook and find out exactly what the trucker has been doing and where he or she was negligent.

If you have been the victim of a truck accident, you need to know whether a logbook can help your claim. Talk to a Clarksburg personal injury attorney at the Miley Legal Group today to learn more: 1-877-652-1031.