In the same manner that police departments across America have begun using dashboard mounted cameras to monitor police activity, trucking companies are turning to the cameras to monitor their employees’ driving habits. Although current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations for the trucking industry do not mandate the use of cameras, some employers are opting to install the devices voluntarily. The cameras are dual-lens and record inside and outside the truck cab. The cameras record both the driver’s activity and what is happening on the road. One manufacturer of the cameras has reported an 80% increase in sales for the year 2015. Approximately 400,000 trucks in the U.S. already use the mounted cameras.
Pros and Cons of Dashboard Cameras
In an attempt to reduce commercial truck accidents, some trucking companies offer their drivers bonuses for maintaining a good driving record. In the event of an accident, mounted cameras provide an easy way to prove whether or not a violation on the part of the driver caused the crash. One New Jersey based company found that after installing the cameras, truck accidents were reduced by 50%. However, some commercial truck drivers have pushed back against the initiative; arguing that the cameras are an invasion of their privacy.
The FMCSA has strict regulations to guide the trucking industry and reduce crashes caused by truck driver negligence. For example, drivers are required to keep an electronic logbook of their hours to ensure they do not violate hours of service (HOS) rules. These rules are designed to reduce drowsy driving truck accidents, a known problem in the trucking industry. Other rules guide trucking companies on proper maintenance and safety procedures, including those designed to prevent overloaded truck accidents.
Until the FMCSA mandates the use of mounted cameras, investigators must rely on other sources of evidence to determine the true cause of a crash. Those who have been injured in a truck accident should contact a skilled personal injury lawyer with experience handling truck accident cases. He or she will have the knowledge and the resources necessary to determine if negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company contributed to the crash. Only then will those parties be held responsible.
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