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3 consequences of truckers falsifying log books

There are many reasons truck drivers may be compelled to falsify their logbooks. Increased awareness of the dangerous conditions many drive in has resulted in the passage of laws regulating truckers' schedules. This might put a dent in their earnings, though, so many maintain false logs to maintain the appearance of compliance yet continually violate mandatory safety standards.

The motivation for these actions might be simple, but the consequences are often far more complex. If you have been involved in an accident in which you suspect falsified logs may be involved, it is important to secure the representation you need to seek recourse.

Violation of safety standards

Falsified log books are, at the very least, a violation of safety standards. This is often true on several counts. In addition to individual standards upheld by the trucking company employing each driver, there are often state standards that indicate the proper procedure for mileage documentation. On a third count, falsification of logs constitutes a violation of OSHA’s standards for safety in the trucking industry.

Lying to law enforcement officers

To maintain the façade of compliance, many truckers keep two separate logbooks—one with their actual mileages recorded and another with falsified mileage that appears to meet safety standards. The latter is often kept handy in case of getting stopped by a law enforcement officer. Indeed, some drivers maintain false records solely with the intent to deceive law enforcement if questioned.

Accidents and potential fatalities

According to ABC News, a truck driver involved in a fatal accident was recently found to have falsified his logbooks. Undoubtedly, the most horrific consequence of this crime is the potential loss of life that can easily result. Even in accidents that are not fatal, serious injuries can have lifelong effects on the victims, and the trauma can be easily avoided if truckers simply abide by safety standards.

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