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Could Electronic Device Reduce Crashes Involving Buses or Trucks?

Casey Woodruff

There are many reasons why motor vehicle accidents occur on roads in the state of Illinois. Depending on the circumstances surrounding each incident it is possible that those involved could suffer injuries. In the worst cases death may be the end result. While some of the reasons behind these incidents have to do with issues with vehicles or the roads themselves, other times it is the behavior of the driver that is to blame. For example sometimes drivers get behind the wheel of motor vehicles without getting enough sleep. In the quest to make our nation’s roads safer, many tactics are being employed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, technology has played a big role in that quest. If the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gets its way, an electronic device would be required on all buses and trucks that cross state lines. The devices would record when the vehicle was driven, making it possible to compare that information with the logbooks drivers and their employers are supposed to keep. The assumption is that with a device such as this in place, drivers of buses and trucks would not exceed their work hours and fewer drowsy drivers would be on the roads. As past crashes have illustrated, accidents involving buses and trucks can be devastating. The agency believes that the required use of these devices would prevent 434 injuries each year. In addition, it estimates 20 lives would be saved during that same amount of time. The proposed rule is not in effect yet. As is the case with most regulations, it takes some time for a proposal to be promulgated. This is in part due to the fact that there is a comment period during which interested parties have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed rule. While a rule such as this may ultimately reduce the number of crashes involving buses or trucks, it is inevitable that some will still happen. In these instances it is important that those who are injured or lose a loved one are aware that they could pursue damages in civil court. This is accomplished via personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. 

Source: Associated Press, article by Joan Lowy, March 13, 2014

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