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New GPS technology allows truck companies to monitor truckers’ unsafe behavior

Written by Steve Gursten Posted May 1st, 2013

“Driver Safety Alert” by Telogis tracks aggressive driving behaviors before they become truck accidents by reporting on them in real time

It’s no secret for any lawyer who helps the victims of a tractor trailer crash that the driving habits of truck drivers must come under a high degree of scrutiny during legal discovery.

But what if these unsafe driving habits could come under the same scrutiny – and better yet – before these unsafe driving behaviors CAUSE a truck crash?

Sometimes, there are good trucking companies who do prioritize safety over profit, as they should. If an individual truck driver chooses to break safety rules while out on the road, there is usually not much a good trucking company can do about it — until that driver hurts somebody and gets caught.

Now the safety managers and owners of these companies have a way to identify drivers who choose to break safety rules while out on the road before that driver causes a preventable crash.

A California-based company called Telogis recently announced a new driving technology that will significantly increase a trucking company’s ability to monitor the driving behaviors of its truckers.

Telogis says it’s dedicated to improving business efficiency through the integration of GPS, information, and services.

The new innovation is called “Driver Safety Alert.”  It is an add-on to one of the company’s existing products, the Telogis Fleet Management software.

Currently, Telogis Fleet integrates with a truck’s GPS. It focuses on monitoring labor and fuel costs by documenting idle time and total mileage. The new add-on similarly integrates with the truck’s GPS, and instantly provides data to fleet management any time aggressive driving occurs, such as hard acceleration, sudden braking and excessive speeding.

The technology even goes one step further. It also uses speed limit data already stored within Telogis Fleet to provide alerts of drivers exceeding posted limits; whether this speeding is excessive or not.

Telogis’ Driver Safety Alerts stores data, and it can be viewed numerous ways.  In addition to real-time alerting, the data can also be compiled into a variety of reports. This data can later be used to review a truck driver’s performance and reward or discipline them accordingly.

The Telogis Driver Safety Alert add-on has the potential to be a critical tool in the fight against unsafe truck drivers.  In reality, there are so many truck drivers who cut corners on safety – but they do not always get caught. This monitoring technology has the potential to significantly change that.

The good trucking companies who implement this tool into their fleet will have the power to monitor truckers and identify the bad ones who do not care about safety.  The company can discipline these drivers, or get them off the road before it is too late and before they cause a truck wreck.  Before they hurt somebody.

This is latest in a series of helpful new GPS technologies, which are designed to make truck driving safer, and protect people sharing the highway with large commercial vehicles.

As a lawyer who focuses a huge portion of his practice on helping people injured in truck accidents,  it is encouraging to see such steadfast progress in safety.  There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is better for everyone when this work takes place before a preventable truck wreck occurs.

Not afterwards in legal discovery.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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