As a truck accident lawyer, I know that safety regulations don’t translate into saved lives unless the regulations are enforced. In particular, the argument over whether it is safe for drivers to drive 10 hours versus 11 is meaningless if this limit isn’t enforced. Given the hundreds of thousands of motor carriers operating today, modern technology gives us an answer—electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs). One of the chief criticisms of EOBRs is the cost to install them.
Rand McNally has combined with DriverTech and has just come out with a device that retails at $799 that records hours of service so that a trucking company can monitor its drivers, and drivers can quickly and easily determine how many hours they have remaining to drive. This device not only records hours of service, it also gives text-to-speech emails to eliminate the temptation to view emails while driving, mapping and route guidance, fuel and driver performance reporting.
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I have no connection whatsoever to Rand McNally or DriverTech, nor do I endorse one company’s products over another. My hope is that a driver or company concerned about safety sees this post and finds this product, or another similar product, and uses it to make our roads safer. Companies that don’t operate safely should know that if I am in a truck accident case against them and they have not been operating safely, I will ask them why they have not implemented some of the reasonably-priced technology available to help reduce tractor trailer wrecks and keep our families safe.