Truck accidents in Georgia and across the U.S. can do so much damage. Regulators are constantly seeking ways to improve safety. For a long time, one of the main reasons truck accidents were believed to have occurred is because of drowsy truckers. Frequently, drivers were becoming drowsy after going beyond the rules for consecutive hours on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration instituted a rule that all trucks need to have an Electronic Logging Device installed to prevent the driver from being untruthful when recording their time spent on the road. A new study indicates that the new rules do not appear to have been as effective as expected in reducing crashes.
Northeastern University and the University of Arkansas released their study, showing that while more drivers were complying with the rules, the number of accidents remained relatively static. Using data from Jan. 1, 2017, to Sept. 1, 2018, the researchers analyzed recordable crashes and driver inspections to gauge how effective the mandate has been.