How Technology May Prevent Some Truck Wrecks

July 16, 2014

It is hard to find any good that comes from a horrific truck crash. Someone is suffering—whether the accident involves a celebrity on the New Jersey Turnpike or your loved one on the Chicago Skyway. Someone is in pain or has been killed because a truck driver was too tried to drive safely.

There May be a Way to Prevent Drowsy Driving Truck Accidents

The technology exists to equip each tractor-trailer with an onboard electronic logging device. This device, which would be similar to the black box found on an airplane, would record the hours driven. Those who support this use of technology argue that it would make trucking companies keep accurate logs and encourage compliance with federal hours-of-service regulations.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) supports onboard electronic logging devices for large trucks. However, there are no regulations in place that require the use of these instruments.

Perhaps, serious truck crashes that gain national attention such as the one that hurt Tracy Morgan on the New Jersey Turnpike last month can help raise awareness and rally those interested in improving truck safety throughout the country.

Have you been hurt, or have you lost a loved one, on I-90, I-94, or another Chicago-area road? What have you done to help prevent future crashes? Please leave a comment in the space below and let others know how they can get involved in the fight to keep our roads safe and please contact your Illinois Representatives and Senators to let them know of your concerns.

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