The trucking log is an important tool for not just truck drivers, but also for investigators and attorneys. This electronic log records the driving time, the sleep time and the out-of-service hours of the driver. There is a paper log that the driver can complete as a backup to the electronic log. It is to be filled out honestly, which does not always happen. The truck log helps investigators and attorneys understand the hours of service for a driver if he or she is involved in a truck accident.
Truck drivers are required by law to complete a log for every trip. They must truthfully record the hours in which they operate, the hours in which they take a break, their sleep hours and their out-of-service hours.
Truck drivers must follow laws set forth when it comes to the amount of time they are allowed to operate their rig. Drivers traveling long distances can work up to 14 hours at a time but no more than 11 can be spent behind the wheel.
Truck drivers who forge their time on the log to hide driving over the limit can be subject to losing their job, having their employer fined and even legal ramifications if they caused an accident.
The truck driver log is so important because it tells a story to investigators. Investigators and attorneys know what to look for when it comes to discrepancies in a truck driver log in the event that it has been altered.
If you are ever injured in a truck accident, it’s important to request the truck log from the driver. This log can be poured over by investigators to determine if any hours of service violations occurred prior to the accident that led to your injuries in Washington.