Motor vehicle accidents involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles can be some of the most horrific on New Mexico roads and highways. A person in a typical passenger vehicle, on a motorcycle or on foot does not stand much of a chance against a big rig. According to the records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck accident fatalities in 2017 represented more than 18 percent of all vehicular deaths in New Mexico.
In 2017 alone, 70 people lost their lives in crashes involving a large truck. That is out of the 379 total deaths in all automobile accidents statewide. The contributing factors to these fatal accidents can include many things ranging from excessive speed to mechanical failures. One problem that has long plagued the commercial trucking industry is fatigue among drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has clear rules in place that dictate the number of hours a trucker may work in a single day or week. The rules also outline how many of those working hours may be spent actively driving and when they must take rest breaks. In an effort to ensure compliance with these rules, the FMCSA also requires trucks to capture drive time data electronically.
As explained by Transport Topics, by the middle of December this year, all trucks must upgrade their systems to be in compliance with the new laws. The newer electronic logging devices have enhanced features that pertain to personal use or transportation and editing of records. The goal of these ELDs is to track when a truck is operating and being driven.