Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Mounted Cameras Impact on IndustryDecember 26, 2016
Similar to police departments across the country, trucking companies have started to use mounted cameras in their trucks as a way to improve safety and make drivers more accountable. While this technology is becoming more widely used, it is not currently mandatory. For those who believe that the current trucking regulations are not strict enough, this technology provides another level of security, not only for the drivers and carriers, but also for the other passengers on the road.
Currently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for regulating the trucking industry, which involves establishing and enforcing rules that dictate how truck carriers and drivers are allowed to operate. In addition to federal hours-of-service rules, which limit the number of hours a driver is allowed to operate a truck without stopping to sleep, the FMCSA has also established rules for maintaining electronic logbooks, driving with passengers, and taking care of properly maintaining the truck.
Even though they are not required to do so, many trucking companies have taken the extra step to install the cameras. In fact, according to a report, approximately 400,000 semi-trucks in the United States have the mounted cameras installed. The cameras have a dual lens, which enables them to record the inside of the cab, and the road in front of the truck. Since using the cameras, one trucking company in New Jersey reported that their number of truck accidents was reduced by 50 percent, and their insurance rates went down by 30 percent.
While some truck drivers feel that the cameras are an invasion of privacy, others recognize the benefits that they offer. Some truck companies are even offering monthly bonuses to drivers who do not receive any infractions.
Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Maximum Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, contact the Baltimore truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton so that we may thoroughly investigate the events leading up to your accident. If the truck had mounted cameras installed, it will help determine who was responsible for your injuries. We will not stop fighting until justice has been served. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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