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Truck Driving Logs

Under Federal law, truck drivers are required to keep detailed logs of their driving and rest activities for each trip. Each trucker who drives in interstate commerce, is required to keep accurate records as to his/her duty status. Most over the road truckers must do so by keeping a accurate and detailed log or an automatic on-board recording device. For those keeping a log, it must be done by implementing all of the required information on an approved grid. The information which must be recorded, include the following:
  1. Date;
  2. Total miles driving today;
  3. Truck or tractor and trailer number;
  4. Name of carrier;
  5. Driver's signature/certification;
  6. 24-hour period starting time (e.g., midnight, 9:00 a.m., noon, 3:00 p.m.);
  7. Main office address;
  8. Remarks;
  9. Name of co-driver;
  10. Total hours (far right edge of grid);
  11. Shipping document number(s), or name of shipper and commodity.

Failure to complete the record of duty activities, failure to preserve a record of such duty activities, or making of false reports in connection with such duty activities shall make the driver and/or the carrier liable to prosecution.

These logs are useful to truck accident lawyers investigating truck accident injury and death cases for their clients and can often be used to establish negligence on behalf of the driver and company. Contact us to discuss your case.


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