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What activities are truck drivers required to record?

Nobody can do their best work when bogged down with the symptoms of fatigue. We are all prone to making mistakes when we don't get enough rest. While mistakes at some jobs can cause problems, a mistake made while driving a big rig truck can yield tragic results.

Truck drivers are required by law to limit the number of hours they spend behind the wheel while on duty. This is so that they can get the rest they need to stay alert while operating their vehicles.

To ensure that truck drivers do not exceed their on-duty hours, they must record their daily activities in a logbook. This logbook must be filled out accurately and stands as a legal document representing the driver's efforts to adhere to all federal regulations.

What items are contained in this logbook? Well, some of the most important elements include the following:

  • The carrier's name.
  • The date.
  • The total hours spent on duty driving, on duty not driving, off duty in sleeping accommodations and off duty in places other than in sleeping accommodations.
  • The number of miles driven.
  • The identification number of the tractor or truck and trailer.

Only the driver is allowed to fill out his or her log. In addition, the driver will sign off on the log, signifying that all information contained within is accurate.

If you have been in a truck accident, the driver's logbook can be used as evidence when pursuing compensation. However, to get access to the logbook, you may wish to solicit the services of a Montana personal injury attorney.

The attorney could secure a copy of the logbook and interpret the book's content in an effort to discover if the driver was in some way in violation of federal regulations or negligent in some other manner at the time of the accident. The attorney could also assess your situation and help develop a strategy intended to help you get a fair settlement.

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