To control truck driver fatigue, for many years federal regulations have required interstate truck drivers to log their driving, on duty and off duty time. But from the beginning, falsification of logs has been common. Many have regarded driver logs as "comic books." In our cases, we have unraveled webs of deception to show that driver logs were complete falsifications.
Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would require foolproof Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs) in lieu of paper logs. The new highway reauthorization bill mandates EOBRs to track Hours of Service compliance for all commercial motor vehicles within four years of enactment.
The proposed legislation is substantially stronger than a proposed regulatory rule that would require only motor carriers with a demonstrated a history of serious noncompliance with the Hours of Service rules to install EOBRs.
Ken Shigley is a trial attorney in Atlanta, Georgia who has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine), among the "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale), and is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy,. Mr. Shigley has extensive experience representing parties in trucking and bus accidents, products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury cases. Currently he is Treasurer of the 40,000 member State Bar of Georgia.