Truck Wrecks and Black Box Information: Uncovering Key Facts in Your Case

February 3rd, 2016


When massive trucks collide with passenger cars, the results can be devastating. In an accident, these behemoths, often weighing over 80,000 pounds, cause sheer destruction to everything in their wake. Loss of life can occur, and injuries may be severe. Attorneys that represent the victims of such collisions utilize state-of-the-art technology to help ascertain just what happened in the moments before, during, and after a collision.

Since 1990, many trucks manufactured in the United States have been equipped with an Electronic Control Module (ECM), Event Data Recorder (EDR) or “black box” to monitor the vehicle. The black box keeps a record of braking, average speed, high speed, driving time, RPM’s, seat belt use, and more. Specifically, the information is monitored immediately before, during, and after a crash.

Access After an Accident
In the event of a collision, the “black box” may prove that the driver was negligent. For example, the box can indicate that the driver was operating the truck for more than 15 hours in a 24-hour period without an adequate rest. In the event of an accident involving a truck, your attorney will likely send a letter to the trucking company explaining that the black box is required as part of the investigation and the truck is not to be moved. Your attorney can then call in a specialist to be there as the black box is retrieved and the information is downloaded. In the event the company is not cooperative, a suit may need to be filed to demand access to the black box. Personal injury attorneys are prepared to fight on your behalf for these facts.


Your Best Witness in Court
ECM’s and EDR’s are nearly always admissible in court and can often corroborate testimony. Instead of relying on a witness interpretation of the speed of a truck, the black box can produce an exact speed, for example. Experts can download the data from the black box and use it to recreate the vehicular actions with great accuracy. As a result, parties can literally see how the incident occurred.

If you have been in an accident with a large truck, we are ready and willing to help defend you. We will do all we can to recover the black box and determine the exact cause of your accident. If necessary, we are prepared to defend you in court. Our experienced attorneys will support you every step of the way.

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