Importance of Log Books to a San Antonio Trucking Accident

Injuries from trucking accidents are all too common in the San Antonio area. Did you know San Antonio truck drivers and their companies are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration? These regulations include limitations on the amount of time a driver is supposed to spend on the job, and this is required to be kept in a log book or on-board recorder.


Unless recorded by an on-board recorder, a logbook is the method for a truck driver to account for the hours of service limitation, and must account for 24 hours of every day, including days off. The driver must have a log for each day of the last day they were driving plus the prior 7 days, and failure to properly maintain could mean a fine or being placed out of service.

The log must include, date, total miles driving, truck and trailer number, main office address, signature, total hours, remarks, name of a co-driver, if any, time base used and shipping information.

On-board Device

Many trucking companies have installed electronic devices to help accurately record this information in place of logbooks. These devices must be connected to the truck to record engine use, road speed, miles driven, date and time of day. They must also store the information for prior 7 days.

Why Need a San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyer?

The preservation of these logs are not only required by law, but essential to your case if you have been injured in a trucking accident. It could help prove either that the driver violated the regulations or that the trucking company knew the driver was violating the regulations leading to the accident that caused your injury. This is where a knowledgeable San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyer would be essential for your case.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a large commercial vehicle or an 18 wheeler, call our San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyers at Carabin Shaw Law Firm.  Our dedicated team of lawyers know the federal rules and regulations that truck drivers, and the trucking companies that employ them, must follow. Call us at 210.222.2288, day or night, for more information.

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