Electronic Onboard Recorders (EOBRs)

Electronic onboard recorders are devices installed in commercial vehicles to document specific data related to a vehicle’s operations.

In particular, EOBRs are used to track a vehicle’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), and they can provide vital information regarding drivers’ compliance (or noncompliance) with various trucking regulations.

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has pushed to make EOBRs mandatory pieces of equipment for commercial trucks and buses, currently, these devices are usually required on vehicles owned by noncompliant trucking companies (i.e., companies known to violate federal trucking regulations).

Data Recorded by EOBRs

In general, electronic onboard records will record data that includes (but may not be limited to):

  • Truck drivers’ names and driver ID information
  • The name and USDOT number of the motor carrier (i.e., the trucking company that employs the driver/owns the truck)
  • ID information for the truck and/or trailer
  • Drivers’ duty status (i.e., whether drivers are on duty, off duty, driving/not driving, etc.)
  • Date and time information, as well as location information when a driver’s duty status changes
  • Hours-of-service information

If law enforcement officers request EOBR data from truckers, drivers are required to immediately provide the requested information for the current day, as well as the previous seven (7) days.

Electronic Onboard Recorders & Truck Accidents

EOBRs can be useful for truckers and trucking companies, as these devices can provide information that can be helpful to improving fleet performance, ensuring vehicles are properly maintained, ensuring compliance with trucking regulations, etc.

In the event that a truck with an EOBR is involved in an accident, however, the data recorded by these devices can be even more crucial, as it may be able to uncover whether:

  • A driver was negligent or noncompliant with trucking regulations
  • A trucking company is liable for a collision

At Murphy & Associates, PLC, our Louisville truck accident attorneys are skilled at reviewing EOBR data to establish when trucker and/or trucking company negligence has contributed to an accident. While our lawyers can take steps to make sure that EOBR data is preserved and properly reviewed after trucking accidents, they will also gather other evidence – including truckers’ log books – to craft truck accident victims the strongest possible claims.

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