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Appleton truck accident lawyersIn 2014, police reported more than 400,000 large truck accidents to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In those crashes, almost 3,500 road users were killed. Another 82,000 suffered non-fatal injuries - some of which were serious and life-altering. To combat this concerning number of injuries and deaths, the FMCSA has implemented a law that requires all trucks be monitored with an electronic logging device, or ELD. This will transfer data on driving times and behavior directly to government agencies. Unsurprisingly, drivers and trucking fleet companies are resisting the change.

Little Time Left to Prepare

The law that mandates the new ELDs be used was passed by Congress in 2012, but did not take effect until December of 2015. Understanding to the difficulties that trucking companies might face in trying to implement the new devices, Congress gave all fleets and drivers two years to comply. That means they have just one year left to complete the transition. Yet, as of November of 2016, only 15 companies had registered devices with the FMCSA.

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Wisconsin truck driver, violate health requirements, Wisconsin Truck Accident LawyerCommercial truck accidents can occur for several different reasons; however, truck driver error is the leading cause of accidents involving these large vehicles. When you think of driver error, you most likely think of driving under the influence, speeding, texting and driving, or other similar behaviors that take place behind the wheel. Yet truck drivers can make mistakes outside the cab of their trucks which can lead to accidents and serious injuries. One example is that drivers may knowingly hold a commercial driver's license with a potentially dangerous health condition.

The Importance of Driver Health Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets out strict health regulations for every driver in order to receive their commercial license. In order to meet the health requirements, a driver must undergo thorough and regular medical examinations and have a doctor sign off on the state of his or her health. These health regulations are imperative as devastating accidents can occur if a driver suffers a serious health event while driving and loses control of the 80,000 pound tractor-trailer.

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