The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations require that every truck driver prepare a record of duty status, otherwise called a log book. The log book must be in the truck driver’s own handwriting and detail his activities and duty status within each 24-hour period.
Employers must maintain supporting documents to verify the log books are true and accurate. Some truck drivers are paid by log book documentation and many fleets are maintained by them.
The log book recounts the history of the travel, equipment, people and problems from each trip. Breakdowns, delays, foul weather and disasters should be fully reflected in these documents.
It’s important to have a lawyer who understands a log book and knows how to discover additional information that can prove what was happening before the truck accident occurred. Often, truck drivers will have two sets of log books; one that outlines their true and illegal activities, such as speeding and driving beyond regulated hours of service; and another that appears the truck driver is playing by the rules.
Truck drivers or carriers who lie in their log books, thus violate the hours-of-service rules face serious penalties, including:
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